Glaucoma Treatment in Columbia

Glaucoma Treatment in Columbia

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. Primary EyeCare - Columbia 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 Primary EyeCare - Columbia, 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 Primary EyeCare - Columbia in Columbia 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

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. 16, 2024
Everyone was super cool and nice. And loved the selection of frames. SO MANY FRAMES.
- Apr. 04, 2024
We use to go to another Optometrist which I really like but it was hard to get an appointment & I ha... d been an established patient for years. Primary Eye Care got me right in, the employees are friendly & efficient & seem to go out of their way. Primary Eye Care is the only place we’ll go for all our eye needs.
- Feb. 15, 2024
I had an amazing experience here! Everyone was so friendly & welcoming. They got me in super quickly... after I had an accident that injured my eye. I was so impressed by the staff! ❤️
- Feb. 02, 2024
Wow. I had the best experience I've ever had at an eye clinic. Fast, professional, and not in a hurr... y to get me in and out. They answered all of my questions, got my Rx fixed that another clinic messed up on and were very friendly. They get my whole family's business from here on! I never leave Google reviews but I had to on this one. Great business to deal with.
- Dec. 28, 2023
10/10 the front desk, the assistants, the doctor the price and the glasses store are all 10/10 best ... eye appointment I've ever had!
- Oct. 12, 2023
Incredible customer service from the entire staff. Had a bad eye infection and was in a lot of pain.... My regular doctor was out of town and I found them on Google Maps (after striking out at two other places). Walked in with no appointment, they had a full schedule, but they immediately responded with compassion and got me in to see a doctor. Went above and beyond in their care. They obviously put the patient first.
- May. 10, 2023
Loved my experience here. From front desk to exam room to frames purchasing, they make you feel at e... ase and kindness just flows throughout the building.
- Apr. 14, 2023
Dr pace and staff are very Professional, friendly and absolutely wonderful people.
- Mar. 10, 2023
I was a new patient at this office and had an amazing experience! I was able to book my appointment ... the day before, and it went smooth, comfortable, and quick. They have lots of frames to choose from, and had the prescription filled in less than a week. They fixed my old glasses too, and installed a new screw. Everyone was so kind here and boosted my self esteem. Highly recommend this place for your vision needs!
- Feb. 02, 2023
Cannot say enough good things about Primary EyeCare! The staff and doctors are all so welcoming and ... pleasant, they are super knowledgable and great at what they do, and they make my kids feel comfortable and included when they get their exams. Thankful we found this little gem of a place!
- Nov. 28, 2022
I just had a new patient appointment at this office with my new baby girl in tow. Though I tried to ... schedule it at a good time for her, she started crying about halfway through the appointment. The staff and doctor were so understanding, and some even held her for me to try to calm her while I finished up my appointment. They went above and beyond to help this new mom out, and their kindness meant so much. Definitely recommend this office.
- Sep. 09, 2022
Super friendly and extremely helpful staff! Dr. Pace put me right at ease and helped with all my que... stions. Would definitely recommend them if you’ve had bad experiences elsewhere!
- Aug. 09, 2022
Great, professional, friendly folks and such care for their patients. Great group of people!
- Dec. 02, 2021
A+ eye-care. Office team members were extremely helpful from the exam to glasses selection. They wer... e also very accommodating to having a two-year-old along for the visit. Highly recommend their services to anyone!
- Nov. 30, 2021
Extremely sweet and helpful.
- Oct. 27, 2021
Today was my first visit to this office, and EVERYONE was professional, friendly, and very helpful. ... Dr. Young was very knowledgeable and listened patiently to my concerns and thoughts. From the front desk to the frame selection room, I was treated with respect and kindness. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
- Nov. 12, 2020
What a amazing place. I was so pleased with the friendly staff and great service - not to mention gr... eat glasses 🙂
- Mar. 18, 2020
Everyone there is great. Love Dr. Young💗
- Mar. 17, 2020
The staff was great and personalble. They showed great concern for what I had stated what I was want... ing to spend and stayed within my budget. Saniitation wasd done in front of me . i felt so comfortable.
- Feb. 12, 2020
This is probably the first doctor's office of any kind I have visited where everyone had a welcoming... attitude! I took my oldest daughter there for an exam this morning and ALL the staff we encountered at her visit were super nice and professional! The optometrist was thorough and engaged. I made an appointment for my other daughter and I before we left!

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Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment in Columbia

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Don’t lose sight of your future.

With early detection and treatment, glaucoma can be controlled.

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