Glaucoma Treatment in Far West Side

Glaucoma Treatment in Far West Side

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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. Omni Vision - Westloop 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 Omni Vision - Westloop, 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 Omni Vision - Westloop in Far West Side 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 Far West Side

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
  • Dec. 25 Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross

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
Patient Reviews
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- Nov. 19, 2023
Amazing customer service! Donnelle is extremely helpful, kind and patient! We are never going anywhe... re else!
- Nov. 17, 2023
Very professional, informative, and efficient. Definitely my go to!
- Nov. 08, 2023
Best place to get your eye glasses or exams. come see Donnelle, Very professional on getting you int... o a good pair of eyeglasses. You won't be disappointed with the service.
- Sep. 06, 2023
Dr Violet is always very sweet and pleasurable to chat with.
- Aug. 26, 2023
I went in to look for eye glasses. Lynette, who stated she worked at the other store normally, was e... xtremely professional, friendly. I had the best experience compare to all the other eye glass place in and out of town. I like to sleep on decisions like this because I do not have insurance . It will cost close to $1,000 for my prescription so I like take my time. But, if I decide to purchase my glasses there, I hope she will be available. Although the rest of the staff was awesome too.
- Aug. 22, 2023
Love the care and services I received by Dr. Violet and her staff!!
- Aug. 14, 2023
The staff was very friendly and helpful.
- Aug. 01, 2023
The doctor is very well mannered and polite. I was asked several times by staff if I was comfortabl... e.
- Jul. 13, 2023
Dr. Ehiem was very thorough, explained everything and was just so sweet. The rest of the staff was a... lso so kind and welcoming. It was a great experience!
- Jun. 13, 2023
Great place! My family has been coming for several years. Kind, caring, & professional staff.
- May. 22, 2023
Dr. Eheim was absolutely amazing!
- Apr. 16, 2023
Great place to get your eyes checked. Dr. Ehiem and staff are very kind and professional! I will be ... back!
- Apr. 04, 2023
Absolutely love this location. Very helpful & friendly. Mandy has excellent customer service!!
- Feb. 03, 2023
Great place. I highly recommend Omni Vision and Dr Green.
- Jan. 27, 2023
The staff is very kind and helpful!
- Dec. 28, 2022
Dr. Ehiem is truly a breath of fresh air. I appreciate her attention to detail and professionalism. ... She addressed all of my eye care concerns especially given my medication history. I appreciate her and look forward to seeing her next year! Thanks Dr. Ehiem!
- Dec. 02, 2022
Dr. Violet Ehiem is top notch! Staff is very friendly and warm. They were able to run all the exams ... and explain what they did. Once again, Dr. Ehiem is THE BEST!!! She's super friendly and lively! Definitely made my visit smooth and enjoyable! I was in and out in a little under 45 minutes for my exam!
- Nov. 25, 2022
The Doctor and staff were awesome I couldn't have ask for better service. The only thing I wish they... had was a larger selection of eye wear to choose from. But it's not a deal breaker.
- Sep. 07, 2022
The experience me and my mom had was more that expected. The front staff Macy was very knowledgeable... about our insurance and the coverage we had. My mom wasn’t sure but she took care of our insurance needs. The cool thing about it was the photos we took of our eyes. Everyone was involved with our whole visit. The manager talked to us and made sure that we were happy with everything from check in to checkout she even opened the door for us when we left!!! We are anxious to get our glasses
- Sep. 05, 2022
Staff is friendly and welcoming. Short wait times. Looks can be deceiving, seems like only a few o... ptions for glasses however there are many options in easily accessible display drawers. Staff went above and beyond to make sure I picked glasses I loved. Dr was great! He was friendly and explained everything while doing it. Answered all my questions. Gave me options to ensure I made best decision.

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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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