Glaucoma Treatment in Springfield Commons

Glaucoma Treatment in Springfield Commons

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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. Shawnee Optical - Springfield 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 Shawnee Optical - Springfield, 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 Shawnee Optical - Springfield in Springfield Commons 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 Springfield Commons

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Spectera
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • 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
Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 27, 2024
I went to another company & after several attempts to correct my vision at 2 different locations, th... ey finally admitted they they didn't know how to do it. Dr. Penny immediately recognized the problem & addressed it appropriately.
- Dec. 04, 2023
Staff is helpful and knowledgeable. Never have a long wait time and the office is always nice and cl... ean.
- Nov. 10, 2023
Courteous, Professional and prompt! Best eye exam I have ever had.
- Jun. 27, 2023
Everyone was nice and polite from walking in for my visit till I was leaving.
- Apr. 16, 2023
Great service
- Mar. 20, 2023
Everyone here is professional, personable and knowledge. I always experience excellent care when I'm... here.
- Mar. 16, 2023
Friendly, efficient, thorough exam.
- Mar. 03, 2023
Love the atmosphere and the people that work there.
- Feb. 20, 2023
Dr. Penny is the only person that will work on my eyes until he decides to retire.
- Jan. 24, 2023
Complete customer satisfaction. Exams..new glasses or adjustments. Friendly..helpful staff. .quality... eyewear . Highly recommended!
- Dec. 20, 2022
I had a great experience here! I was in and out super quick and my glasses were in within a week and... a half. They’re great quality. The staff was super nice and helpful as well.
- Oct. 13, 2022
Everyone here is very friendly and knowledgeable!
- Oct. 12, 2022
Dr. Penny is always spot on when it comes to your prescription and your eyes. The staff is very nice... !!
- Jun. 25, 2022
I ordered sunglasses and daily glasses and needed to change lenses in my sunglasses. Stopped in on F... riday a half hour before closing and Tom sat down with us to help me understand and correct the lenses. He took his time and was so wonderful. I had the absolute best experience and can’t say enough about how patient & kind he was. Thank you Shawnee optical & Tom. 5 stars all day long. Wish I could give 10 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- May. 23, 2022
Please consider Shawnee Optical! The staff is very friendly, helpful and easy to work with. Dr. Penn... y is a nifty professional who presents with knowledge, thoroughness, and a friendly approach to his examination process. This is a great place!
- May. 10, 2021
Until recently it had been many years since I had purchased my last pair of glasses from Shawnee Opt... ical but the staff were always ready to provide good customer service when I would take my glasses in for minor repairs. I recently had an eye exam at Shawnee Optical and purchased a new pair of glasses. The optometrist and staff were very professional and patient and again provided good service. In my opinion this business is an asset to our community and I plan to continue to support them as a part of our local economy.
- Apr. 20, 2021
I've gotten my eyes examined an have gotten serval pairs of glasses over the last couple years from ... then. I always get great service and products from them.
- Mar. 21, 2021
Dr. Penny was awesome. Very Professional and informative.
- Mar. 01, 2021
UPDATE: The manager did take care of the situation below, that resulted in a 1 star. Along with tha... t, I gave Shawnee Optical another go at delivering a better experience. I ordered another pair of glasses. The process was smooth, the staff was more than helpful, and the order came in ridiculously fast! Great job pulling it together and coming through. Old review: Horrible experience, and still without glasses after SIX weeks! My wife and daughter went to Shawnee Optical to look at their selection of glasses. My daughter, 7 years old, required glasses to correct astigmatisms in both eyes with the hope of resolving her migraines. We needed to obtain the glasses as soon as possible. On January 20th, they tried on glasses, and on January 23rd, we called to set up the order. Angel told me that everything would be fine, and we would have my daughter’s first set of eyewear within two weeks. On February 1st, I call to check on the status of the order. The gentleman said he could not find the order and would have to check with Angel to see what’s going on. February 4th, I get a call back from the same gentleman. He said the order did not go through, they could not expedite, and it would be another two weeks. I called again on February 18th and he said I would get them “next Monday or Tuesday.” I called on February 22nd, and the office is closed for repairs and won’t be open until 03/01/2021. Today, 03/01/2021, I called, the office is still closed, and their voicemail is STILL full. Almost SIX weeks into the ordering process with no glasses for my child….. This would not have been easy to deal with if it was my order. However, since my seven-year-old daughter continues to have migraines, it makes it 100 times worse. I hope this review deters other parents from going through the same issue.
- Feb. 08, 2021
Very good service from very nice people.

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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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