Glaucoma Treatment in Elk Grove Village

Glaucoma Treatment in Elk Grove Village

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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. Elk Grove Optical 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 Elk Grove Optical, 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 Elk Grove Optical in Elk Grove Village 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 Elk Grove Village

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Hours
  • Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Spectera
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross
  • MetLife
  • Aetna

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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- Jan. 17, 2024
Dr.Kim was very prompt and polite to my kids
- Jan. 13, 2024
Korean lady doctor was able to find the cause of eye pain. Gave a very good solution. Deatil Orient... ed. Excellent doctor!
- Dec. 04, 2023
It was my first time coming and I saw Dr.Kim, and I really loved this place. The doctor was so patie... nt and really took their time explaining to you to help you understand what you have and what you can do about it. The associates that were working as well were extremely nice. I am planning to bring my parents here to get eye exams too.
- Nov. 23, 2023
Great experience.
- Oct. 23, 2023
Such a smooth and efficient process, Airrionne was very helpful and honest about prices and the fram... es fitting my face to help me pick the best one! Highly recommend for an easy quick appointment and Dr. Mehta is very sweet!
- Sep. 21, 2023
Dr. Patel did my exam. Until now, no one ever explained the reasoning behind the difference between ... my contact lens prescription and my glasses prescription. She went into detail about astigmatism and how contacts of a higher prescription can compensate the uneven shape of the eyes without being engineered for astigmatic eyes. Was pretty cool to get those details finally after 10 years of glasses lol. The rest of the staff was great at informing me of my contacts and frames options and how that'd work with my vision insurance. I especially appreciate that they carry designer frames. Ended up really impressed with the service and casual professionalism of everyone at the store. Will definitely be back for my vision needs!
- Aug. 26, 2023
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- Jun. 14, 2023
Dr. Niki Mehta was super helpful and knowledgeable. Made the experience 100x better
- Jun. 12, 2023
Thank you Doctor Kim and the wonderful Staff: Hilda, Gina, Angie, Analis and the rest. Keep it up.
- Apr. 19, 2023
Great team and efficient operation at Elk Grove Optical. Highly recommend.
- Mar. 11, 2023
I recommend this place I came without an appointment. I had an eye accident and they accepted me fo... r which I am very grateful
- Mar. 07, 2023
I was in and out in about 30 mins including getting fitted for a new pair of sunglasses.
- Mar. 06, 2023
Amazing place. You must come here
- Mar. 03, 2023
Everyone was extremely helpful and kind during my visit for a standard eye checkup
- Jan. 13, 2023
Great energy and everyone there was really nice
- Jan. 09, 2023
I had a scratched cornea and they were able to get me in the same day that I needed. The staff and ... doctors are all amazing. I highly recommend them.
- Jan. 05, 2023
Very quick and responsive. My longest wait time was no more than 7 minutes from entering to leaving.... No problems with getting the glasses either. Overall great experience.
- Nov. 21, 2022
Professional and friendly staff.
- Nov. 05, 2022
Dr. Kim is the best! So patient and makes sure you get the script that works for you! The office sta... ff are friendly, knowledgeable, and so customer-focused! On top of all that, they started carrying a lot more frames with varying shapes and colors. Highly recommend.
- Nov. 02, 2022
Been coming here for many years now! Always have a positive experience getting my exams and contact ... renewals. I showed up yesterday and Dr. Mehta in particular was extremely nice and helpful with any questions and concerns that I had. She was very patient and made sure every question was answered before I left! Definitely recommend this optical to anyone looking for very good service.

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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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