Glaucoma Treatment in Bethany

Glaucoma Treatment in Bethany

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. Bethany Vision Clinic 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 Bethany Vision Clinic, 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 Bethany Vision Clinic in Bethany 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

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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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- May. 22, 2024
Dr. Engel and Staff are always kind, efficient and swift!!!!
- Oct. 28, 2023
Personalized care and attention to details.
- Aug. 15, 2023
Recently moved to town, so needed to find a new eye doctor! I was very impressed and pleased by my v... isit with the entire staff! From the moment I walked into the door, the staff was very welcoming! The doctor was excellent! Picking new frames was easy! I am very pleased and would highly recommend Bethany Vision Clinic!
- Jun. 29, 2023
Bethany Vision Clinic is wonderful! They are friendly, patient, hassle free & great communicators. A... small hometown feel in the city.
- Dec. 29, 2022
Great people very professional
- Feb. 24, 2022
Dr. Engle listens!
- Feb. 17, 2022
I've been going here for over 15 years. After they changed owners a few years ago, I love it even mo... re. Staff is very friendly and treats you like a friend or acquaintance rather than a customer. The Dr. takes his time to explain things so you understand them and makes time to get you in very quickly if an urgent eye issue happens.
- Dec. 20, 2021
Very friendly, helpful staff. We really like the doctor and all the opticians
- Nov. 11, 2021
Dr. Engel was efficient and thorough and answered all of my questions. I love the contact lens polic... y to send home for ten days and then follow up to make sure they are working for you!
- Nov. 06, 2021
Always great, friendly service and a thorough exam. Highly recommend Dr Engel and his staff!!
- Oct. 12, 2021
Bethany Vision has the most terrific, friendly staff! Scheduling an appt has always been easy, and a... ppointments always quick. The waiting area looks cozy with a fridge, TV, magazines, and more, though I've never been able to enjoy it because I never have a wait! Dr. Engel has always provided tremendous care, taking the time to educate me on the overall health of my eyes and how to ensure healthy vision for years to come. He has helped to correct so many vision issues, and I cannot thank him enough. Love, love, love Bethany Vision Clinic!
- Oct. 01, 2021
Dr. Engel is the best!
- Aug. 11, 2021
This vision clinic did not disappoint me. It was recommended to me from my vision doctor in NC. I wa... s well cared for by Megan who also helped me pick out my frames. The doctor was excellent and showed a sincere touch. Don’t think about going anywhere else.
- Jul. 30, 2021
I’ve been seeing Dr. Engel for 20 years and now all my children see him. He’s the only one I’l... l trust to see them. He’s very kind and great with kids too. The staff is very helpful and kind. I have very sensitive eyes, especially to prescription adjustments, and they have been so helpful and accommodating.
- Jul. 22, 2021
Dr. Engel & his staff are very friendly & professional. These people know what they are doing. Highl... y recommend this place for any of your vision needs.
- Jul. 08, 2021
I appreciate being able to schedule an appointment during their extended hours. That is very nice of... them. Very pleasant and professional atmosphere.
- Jun. 03, 2021
Dr. Engle and his team are incredibly focused on delivering a high quality, top notch, and personal ... experience. They all really care! I would highly recommend!
- May. 27, 2021
Dr Engel is very fast and thorough. Staff is wonderful!! Couldn't be happier to have this office as ... my optometrist.
- Apr. 11, 2021
Love this office! Dr Engle is not only extremely knowledgeable but one of the nicest people you will... ever meet. The entire office is great! I live in south Lincoln but they are worth the drive!
- Apr. 08, 2021
The best place to purchase glasses!

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Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment in Bethany

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Don’t lose sight of your future.

With early detection and treatment, glaucoma can be controlled.

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