Glaucoma Treatment in Dayton

Glaucoma Treatment in Dayton

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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. VisionMakers - Kettering 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 VisionMakers - Kettering, 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 VisionMakers - Kettering in Dayton 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 Dayton

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Hours
  • Monday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Spectera
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross
  • MetLife
  • Metlife Vision

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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- Feb. 23, 2024
Drs Tran and Mercado were excellent to work with during our recent visit. Dr Tran was amazing with ... our children! The staff is friendly and helpful. They were able to get us in within a week. I definitely recommend this company to anyone looking for a new eye doctor!
- Feb. 16, 2024
Quick and friendly service.
- Feb. 11, 2024
I would highly recommend VisionMakers. Very friendly and professional staff.
- Feb. 01, 2024
Very friendly and professional 👌😊
- Jan. 24, 2024
Been going here for a few years now and everyone is so nice and helpful.
- Jan. 21, 2024
Great staff, fast turn around Tim for glasses and contacts.
- Jan. 19, 2024
Dr Fenton is a great ophthalmologist with the patience of a Saint ! Really went the distance to fin... d me the right combination for readers and also distance glasses. So glad to have him as my Doctor
- Jan. 01, 2024
Dr Fenton and his staff are the best. with an appointment, not a long wait. Dr was terrific choice ... of frames were massive, and the glasses were ready within a week. Great experience
- Dec. 24, 2023
Love Dr Mercado and all the ladies. They are always so helpful.
- Dec. 22, 2023
I was happy with my care and appreciate the treatment provided.
- Dec. 12, 2023
Find them always very professional and helpful in all ways. When any emergency pops up they help me ... quickly. I have gone to this Dental for years, I expect no change.
- Nov. 14, 2023
Friendly and efficient staff. Dr Fenton is great!
- Nov. 10, 2023
Wonderful experience but not a lot of different selection of frames.
- Oct. 30, 2023
I had a great experience! Everyone was great!
- Oct. 21, 2023
Never a long wait. Helpful staff. Received glasses very quickly
- Oct. 21, 2023
Very helpful and patient with me
- Oct. 20, 2023
Best service all around Dr and Staff
- Sep. 02, 2023
I started coming here for mine and my 8 year olds optical needs and have had a great experience ever... y time. Front desk staff is friendly and the doctors are informative and efficient. I’ve never waited more than 10 minutes to be seen and they have a nice variety of frame styles for adults and kiddos.
- Aug. 20, 2023
Very happy with all aspects of my first visit with Dr. Fenton and all of his support staff. Receive... my new lenses in two weeks and am happy with my improved vision.
- Aug. 18, 2023
Excellent care & service as always. Received my ne eyewear in under 2 weeks!

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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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