Glaucoma Treatment in Denver

Glaucoma Treatment in Denver

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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. EyeCare Specialties of Colorado - Colorado Boulevard 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.

Preserve Your Vision For Longer

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.

Getting routine eye exams is crucial, as they can check for any eye diseases that may be lurking under the surface to prevent any problems from arising by catching them early on.

At EyeCare Specialties of Colorado - Colorado Boulevard, 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 EyeCare Specialties of Colorado - Colorado Boulevard in Denver 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 Denver

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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 IOT 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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- Sep. 23, 2022
very friendly staff! I had a great experience with Dr. Lipscomb!
- Sep. 20, 2022
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- Aug. 17, 2022
An amazing experience by some amazing and knowledgeable staff.
- Aug. 16, 2022
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- Jul. 28, 2022
Large facility, very nice and easy to find. The check in was quick and all staff was friendly and h... Show Moreelpful. Went in for an annual eye exam and it was as quick and time efficient as I would've liked! Saw Dr. Hieb who was very personable, professional and helpful. Called me herself for a follow up on information she was looking into for me.
- Jul. 28, 2022
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- Jul. 01, 2022
I had a great experience!! Kiana was very helpful and so easy to talk to. She was so patient with me... Show More when I did the machine with the pictures - a completely new experience to me! Dr. VanDan was so knowledgeable and informative. He had a great pace throughout our appointment and I never felt rushed like other practices I have been to! Those two made my experience exceptional!
- Jun. 11, 2022
Amazing staff. Made my experience very quick and easy. I left with a smile!
- Jun. 11, 2022
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- Apr. 28, 2022
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- Apr. 28, 2022
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- Apr. 23, 2022
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- Mar. 05, 2022
I would give 10/5 stars if possible. The people here are extremely professional and do everything in... Show More their power to help you. They went above and beyond my expectations and were able to help me with an eye exam, pair of glasses, and a plan for future protection.
- Feb. 16, 2022
Sage was our liaison to finding the right glasses, answering insurance questions and fitting the gla... Show Moresses correctly. She was fantastic and deserves praise! ( and a raise!) I’ve always had top notch experiences at this location.
- Dec. 24, 2021
The staff was very professional very good place they treated me the same even though I was on Medica... Show Moreid Emily eye exam lady and that guy who picked out my glasses treated me like a valuable human being the guy there forgot his name he was very unique because being on Medicaid I have to choose from a different area for glasses he treated me well and knew those frames and I got a good pair that's a rare thing he had no judgments gave me equal treatment he wasn't acting it was real
- Dec. 20, 2021
Friendly, efficient staff. Very good communication during my visit from everyone I encountered.
- Nov. 24, 2021
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- Oct. 15, 2021
My experience with my routine eye appointment was great! Very friendly and professional people.
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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 as 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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