Glaucoma Treatment in Weatherford

Glaucoma Treatment in Weatherford

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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. Family EyeCare Center 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 Family EyeCare Center, 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 Family EyeCare Center in Weatherford 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 Weatherford

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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
  • Eye Med
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross
  • MetLife

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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- Mar. 09, 2024
Dr. Envani was thorough and explained things very well. All of the staff were very friendly and extr... emely helpful! I didn't have to wait long for my appointment and there was no wait when I picked up my glasses
- Mar. 08, 2024
We have loved being customers for almost 20 years! Great people!
- Mar. 07, 2024
Good place to go for eye exam.
- Mar. 06, 2024
Amazing experience from start to finish! I have NEVER been to an eye care center as kind and well ra... n as Family Eye Center.
- Mar. 02, 2024
They were really nice and really fast I got my daughters glasses in 2 weeks and she loves them
- Mar. 01, 2024
Wonderful experience. Took the whole family. I was very pleased! Will return and highly recommend.
- Feb. 17, 2024
Dr Christopher Envani is great. He doesn't rush you through the exam, and then takes the time to ans... wer any questions and explain the results of the exam with you if you want to know more.
- Feb. 05, 2024
Everyone was so helpful and friendly.
- Jan. 19, 2024
Very nice, professional staff, and good selection of glasses.
- Jan. 18, 2024
Great customer service & very friendly staff!
- Jan. 12, 2024
I have had an excellent experience with Dr Lanier at Family EyeCare Center. I have been going there ... about 10 years now and I’m so happy to have found such a wonderful Dr and practice to take care of my eyes!
- Jan. 03, 2024
Great experience! I was treated with kindness, from my exam all the way through helping me select g... lasses that fit my budget.
- Dec. 07, 2023
Great service
- Nov. 22, 2023
Everyone in this office is kind, helpful and patient. Excellent customer service. Highly recommend.
- Nov. 19, 2023
Awesome place. Very friendly people. And many available appointments, even this time of the year! Wi... ll definitely return and make this our family eye place!
- Nov. 07, 2023
I’ve been going to this optometry office for almost 3 years now, and Dr. Lanier is wonderful! I pi... cked up my new frames last night and was helped by Richard. Richard provided exemplary customer service! He helped fit my new frames and also helped fit my frames from last year that nobody else could adjust. I am over the moon with joy now that I can wear both pairs!! Office administration is pleasant Environment is welcoming I highly recommend this optometry office for your vision needs
- Nov. 06, 2023
Everyone was very friendly and helpful
- Oct. 23, 2023
Family Eye Care is truly amazing! Not just because it’s run by a family friend, but because they h... ave impeccable service and genuine people working there.
- Oct. 17, 2023
Front staff was very friendly and provided a warm greeting when we walked in. Dr was thorough and ki... nd which made my daughter at ease during the visit. He took his time and answered all our questions.
- Sep. 27, 2023
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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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