Glaucoma Treatment in Mission

Glaucoma Treatment in Mission

Don’t Let Glaucoma Rob You of Your Sight

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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. CustomEyes - Mission 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.

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 CustomEyes - Mission, 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 CustomEyes - Mission in Mission 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.


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

Preserve Your Vision For Longer

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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- May. 15, 2024
I came to this place (under different management/owner) for years. It's Custom Eyes now. The whole t... eam is new. No more receptionist who called me the wrong name for years, no more waiting to be seen for my appointment for 30-60 min, no more waiting for the dr. for another 30 min, no more getting push to buy products/service from them. Seems like the Custom Eyes' workers want to be there. Very quick, friendly, professional.
- May. 13, 2024
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- Feb. 08, 2024
This place is great! Such an easy experience and Dr. Dakin was very straightforward and reasonable. ... No upselling or pushy tactics either!
- Dec. 19, 2023
Everything went well and was the most complete and thorough exam I have ever had.
- Nov. 30, 2023
Dr Dakin is wonderful!
- Oct. 11, 2023
Dr Dakin was very professional, thorough, and on time, a great combination.
- Aug. 28, 2023
Great experience as usual. The very reason I have been coming here for years for my vision needs. We... lcome Dr. Dakin!!
- May. 18, 2023
I highly recommend this place, excellent service! They always have available appointments ,very fle... xible with their costumer's schedule. Staff is very friendly ,Dr. Dakin is very professional and uses very modern equipment, and definitely knows what he is doing . I couldn't be happier to be treated here.
- May. 09, 2023
Dr. Brill and staff genuinely care and are very knowledgeable!
- Apr. 28, 2023
Dr. DERKIN THE BEST! Years of red eyes,several dr.'s and this year a good help and care!
- Mar. 16, 2023
Service was great.
- Mar. 02, 2023
Knowledgeable, friendly, Courtney is 🤩
- Feb. 23, 2023
I am so glad I chose Brill Eye Center for my first eye exam. Dr. Dakin made me feel completely comf... ortable in this new experience. He was knowledgeable & very friendly! The Optician, Walter, was awesome! He talked me through choosing my first pair of glasses and did not rush me through my decision. I highly recommend Walter and Dr. Dakin at Brill Eye Center!
- Feb. 22, 2023
Amazing place! Great Staff!! Wouldn't want to take my family anywhere else!
- Feb. 17, 2023
Great doctors and staff! Down to earth and welcoming I environment.
- Feb. 10, 2023
Super helpful staff! Everyone took great care in helping me from when I checked in to trying on glas... ses.
- Jan. 06, 2023
Dr. Brill, and his staff do an amazing job, at making me feel welcome, and comfortable. Dr. Brill h... as so much knowledge and state of the art equipment. I encourage you to experience the Brill Center!
- Dec. 27, 2022
Super helpful. Friendly. Dr Brill and the staff went above and beyond my expectations.
- Dec. 18, 2022
Great staff and doctor.
- Dec. 13, 2022
Bought glasses here earlier this year and had an issue with the way they sit on my nose. Nick, was v... ery knowledgable and easy to work with!

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Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment in Mission

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With early detection and treatment, glaucoma can be controlled.

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