Glaucoma Treatment in Green Valley

Glaucoma Treatment in Green Valley

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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. Alvernon Optical - Green Valley 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 Alvernon Optical - Green Valley, 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 Alvernon Optical - Green Valley in Green Valley 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 Green Valley

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Davis Vision
  • Avesis
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross
  • Anthem BCBS Medicaid

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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- Feb. 09, 2024
Very caring, professional staff.
- Jan. 22, 2024
Good service, decent pricing, nice selection and local.
- Jan. 18, 2024
Everyone here is amazing!
- Jan. 03, 2024
Based on past reviews, my wife needed 7 pairs of designer sunglasses repaired. Bent, screws or whate... ver was needed and decided to go to Alvernon Optical. Michael helped us and repaired 2 pairs perfectly in about 15 minutes. We told him we can wait for the others. He called about 2 hours later and said they were all ready. Went to pick them up and to my surprise, no charge. WHAT!!?? Service like this is unheard of. Time for me and my wife to get new glasses and I know where we're going. Also, buying lunch tomorrow for the whole staff. Well worth it to me. Thank you Alvernon Optical. Service like yours is hard to find in today's world.
- Dec. 09, 2023
Friendly staff - very organized staff and in time! Very good service.
- Nov. 12, 2023
Convenient location. Good selection of eyeglasses. The doc was great.
- Oct. 19, 2023
(Translated by Google) They treated me very well since I arrived. The doctor is a great person, the ... glasses fit me very well. They really met my expectations. (Original) Me atendieron muy bien desde que llegué. La Dra. es una gran persona, los lentes me quedaron muy bien. Realmente llenaron mis expectativas.
- Oct. 08, 2023
Wonderful Dr. and staff and great selection of glasses.
- Aug. 31, 2023
Been with Alvernon Optical for over 20 years. That speaks volumes.
- Aug. 23, 2023
Great office ! Staff is helpful and friendly. Dr.Shillig explained every detail of testing and det... ails regarding the health of my eyes and changing prescription.
- Aug. 04, 2023
The staff and doctor are super friendly. I feel taken care of when I leave their office!!
- Aug. 03, 2023
Went in to look at frames. They had lots of options and the staff was friendly. Ended up ordering a ... pair I liked and when they arrived they were helpful and made sure they fit securely.
- Jun. 30, 2023
Went in with broken side pieces of my glasses and they took them back and had them fixed within 10 m... inutes and charged me nothing!!! I will be buying my exam and glasses from them from now on simply due to their kindness!
- Jun. 03, 2023
The Dr. was very helpful and took a genuine interest in finding the right solution.
- May. 12, 2023
Very satisfied
- Apr. 16, 2023
My husband and I both had a great experience with Alvernon Optical. They stand out amongst other op... tions in the area. I highly recommend them.
- Apr. 02, 2023
Replaced a screw in my husbands glasses for no charge. Replaced lenses in my frames.
- Mar. 22, 2023
Well versed in products and services, friendly yet professional. Valued as a customer.
- Mar. 13, 2023
This place is quick, efficient and polite. Scheduling online is a plus!
- Feb. 13, 2023
Great place to get your glasses. Knowledgeable staff and friendly service.

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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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