Glaucoma Treatment in Mars

Glaucoma Treatment in Mars

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What Is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness.

It's caused by fluid build-up and increased pressure within the eye that damages the optic nerve that progressively worsens your vision. This disease can cause severe, irreversible vision loss if left untreated.

In many cases, appropriate control and treatment can help prevent further damage to the eyes and protect your vision. Clear Vision Family Eyecare offers several treatments to help address glaucoma. Learn more about the treatments we provide and contact us to schedule an appointment.

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The 2 Main Types of Glaucoma

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  • Open-angle glaucoma: the most common type. It is a lifelong condition that accounts for at least 90% of all glaucoma cases.
  • Angle-closure glaucoma: a rare form of the disease which requires immediate medical attention. It occurs when the angle is closed in many or most areas between the iris and cornea, which reduces fluid drainage and increases eye pressure.

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Glaucoma: The Sneaky Thief of Sight

There is a reason glaucoma is called “the sneaky thief of sight”--half the people with glaucoma don’t even know they have it! Meaning, they may not have symptoms in the early stages.

At Clear Vision Family Eyecare, we diagnose and help preserve your vision with cutting-edge glaucoma treatments that can slow the progression of the disease.

If you have a family history of glaucoma or have been diagnosed with glaucoma, contact us today.

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What are the Signs of Glaucoma?

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As mentioned earlier, glaucoma usually shows no symptoms in its early stages. When signs do manifest, it's usually loss of tunnel vision or peripheral vision. Unfortunately, by the time vision loss has occurred, it cannot be reversed.

That said, the less common angle-closure glaucoma does show a sudden onset of symptoms, including:

  • Extreme eye pain
  • Eye redness
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea

If you experience any of these symptoms, seek prompt diagnosis and treatment by contacting Clear Vision Family Eyecare in Mars or visiting your nearest emergency room.


Who's at Risk for Glaucoma?

  • Age 40 +

    The prevalence of glaucoma increases with age, with most glaucoma patients aged 40 and up. That said, there is a much rarer form of this disease (congenital glaucoma) that affects infants.

  • Family History & Ethnicity

    Your risk for developing glaucoma is higher if you have a family history of the disease. Those of African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American, and Indigenous Canadian descent have a higher risk of developing this disease.

  • Other Conditions

    High myopia, hypertension and diabetes can increase the risk of developing glaucoma.

  • Eye Injury or Trauma

    An eye injury, trauma or eye surgery can increase the likelihood of developing glaucoma.


Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment in Mars

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross
  • Aetna

Common Glaucoma Treatments

There is currently no cure for glaucoma. However, several treatments are available to prevent the progression of this sight-robbing condition. With the right care, you have a higher chance of managing your glaucoma and preserving your vision.

Common treatments include:

Eye Drops

Your optometrist will prescribe eye drops to help regulate pressure inside the eye by decreasing fluid production and/or improving drainage.

Laser Surgery

If eye drops aren’t doing enough to reduce intraocular pressure or intraocular temperature in open-angle glaucoma, laser surgery may be an option. Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) opens up the drainage system in the eye to reduce pressure.

SLT is successful in 80% of cases and can reduce eye pressure by 20%.

Other Surgeries

If a laser procedure or eye drops do not lower eye pressure to the desired level, your eye doctor may recommend one of the following surgeries:

  • Incision Surgery
  • Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS)
  • Glaucoma Drainage Implants
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- May. 07, 2024
Dr. Shannon Mihalacki is spectacular. She has met all of my eye care needs including pre and post la... ser care.
- Apr. 18, 2024
Always a good experience!
- Mar. 29, 2024
Love Clear Vision! Excellent customer service and selection.
- Mar. 28, 2024
I’ve been going here for years. The staff is so friendly and professional!
- Mar. 12, 2024
My first time there, they went above and beyond. Every visit since has been great. They are very fri... endly and professional. I highly recommend going here.
- Mar. 11, 2024
Polite staff. Clean space. Fast service.
- Mar. 09, 2024
I highly recommend Clear Vision and Dr. Woodring in Mars, PA. I have been wearing contacts for a lo... ng time, many different brands, and I was disappointed with my distance and reading vision. Dr. Woodring took the time to examine my eyes and recommended a new type of daily multifocal contact that's absolutely wonderful. My vision is sharp again and they're very comfortable to wear, plus I can leave them in longer than ever before. Clear Vision also got me the best price available for these contacts, the staff is wonderful too. I couldn't be more satisfied, thank you!
- Jan. 15, 2024
Outstanding they went beyond the scope to f the exam, investigating the issues with my VA glasses, e... xplaining thoroughly what is going on. Thank you
- Jan. 02, 2024
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- Dec. 16, 2023
I would definitely recommend Clear Vision and Dr Lacina and the other staff members to anyone who ne... eds eye care. From the people behind the reception area to all other personnel involved in patient care are very welcoming and supportive!
- Nov. 14, 2023
I have some very specific needs because of how I wear my glasses. Dr. Lacina took time to listen to ... my past problems and did what I felt was a very thorough job to address my concerns. I recommend him.
- Oct. 06, 2023
Clearvision is a great! The front staff are always friendly and Dr Woodring is knowledgeable, thorou... gh and personable. I would highly recommend this practice.
- Sep. 29, 2023
Very friendly from the staff to the Doctor. They were extremely thorough with no pressure. I would h... ighly recommend them.
- Aug. 30, 2023
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- Aug. 29, 2023
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- Aug. 25, 2023
I have be going to Clear Vision for years. Have always found the doctors and staff to be very profe... ssional, caring and willing to go above and beyond to meet your eye care needs. Highly recommend!
- Aug. 18, 2023
I have been coming to Clear Vision for a few years now and I would definitely recommend them. I have... personally seen both Dr. Houghton and Dr. Lacina for routine eye care and post surgery eye care and have had a great experience. I feel very comfortable there and I feel like they always answer my questions and provide a high level of care. They are very thorough and patient. The staff is also very friendly and when I wore glasses were very helpful in find the right frames!
- Aug. 05, 2023
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- May. 26, 2023
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- May. 06, 2023
Very thorough and good eye care.

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Glaucoma Testing Treatment FAQs

How does an eye doctor diagnose glaucoma?

Since glaucoma has no side effects early on, it is essential for people with a family history of risk factors for glaucoma to get tested. The following tests diagnose glaucoma:

  • Tonometry: measures the pressure inside the eye (intraocular pressure or IOP)
  • Ophthalmoscopy (dilated eye exam): examines the shape and color of the optic nerve
  • Perimetry: measures your field of vision
  • Gonioscopy: checks the angle where the iris meets the cornea
  • Pachymetry: determines the thickness of the cornea to better evaluate eye pressure.
What foods should you avoid if you have glaucoma?

The following are the foods every glaucoma patient should consider avoiding immediately. It should help keep your optic nerve healthy and minimize eye pressure.

  • Caffeine - certain studies show that caffeine contributes to increased intraocular pressure.
  • Saturated fats - a diet high in saturated fats can lead to weight gain, which not only increases intraocular pressure but also cholesterol levels.
  • Trans fats - try to limit your consumption of trans fats because they can also raise cholesterol levels
  • Salt - make sure to consume salt sparingly, as increased blood pressure can indirectly lead to intraocular pressure.
What percentage of glaucoma patients go blind?

About 60% of patients diagnosed with glaucoma will eventually lose some vision.

However, the rate of legal blindness among glaucoma patients is 5%. Getting effective treatment early on will greatly increase your ability to preserve and maximize your vision.


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Don’t lose sight of your future.

With early detection and treatment, glaucoma can be controlled.

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