Glaucoma Treatment in Murrysville

Glaucoma Treatment in Murrysville

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. Your Family Eye Doctors - Murrysville 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 Your Family Eye Doctors - Murrysville, 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 Your Family Eye Doctors - Murrysville in Murrysville 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

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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- Jun. 25, 2024
Dr. Randy is amazing. Validated my concerns and took the extra time to explain my diagnosis in detai... l and made sure I understood next steps. You can tell he truly cares for his patients.
- May. 03, 2024
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- Apr. 15, 2024
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- Apr. 11, 2024
They are up to date by using modern equipment to find problems early on. Fast, friendly, knowledgeab... le and on point with their prices. I couldn't be happier. The last optometrist I went to took almost a month to get my contacts and I had to pick them up at the office. This place had my contacts mailed to me in less than a week! What a difference.
- Apr. 02, 2024
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- Mar. 04, 2024
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- Sep. 28, 2023
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- Sep. 07, 2023
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- Jun. 27, 2023
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- Oct. 26, 2022
Great doctors and staff. High quality care. Great selection of frames.
- Aug. 27, 2022
I get thorough exams all the time.
- Aug. 19, 2022
Conveniently located and appear to be very knowledgeable and trusting.
- Jun. 24, 2022
Staff was friendly and very professional. I would recommend them to anyone looking for eye care.
- Jun. 24, 2022
We have been patient of Dr Chris Cacanak and Family Eye Dr practice since 1995. There has never been... a single unpleasant experience either with staff or the Dr. Excellent and very timely services. Never misguides their patient and provides the right advice to us.
- May. 01, 2022
Excellent experience with a great group of people. Dr. Cakanac is very kind and thorough. I never fe... lt rushed and everyone at the front desk was very helpful as well.
- Feb. 16, 2022
Friendly staff and Dr. Randy is very knowledgeable and helps me understand everything about my eyes!...
- Dec. 12, 2021
This is a really great practice. I never feel rushed through. They keep up on Technology and the the... Doctors are all very nice and very thorough. They also explain everything in plain terms that you can understand. They have a nice selection of eyeglasses and great care is taken to fit them. Best eye doctor I have had.
- Nov. 10, 2021
Excellent eye care from the doctors and staff. I trust Your Family Eye Doctors, in particular, Dr. R... andy Cakanac. The staff are friendly and very helpful. They are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have! If, you need to get or replace your glasses, they carry a wide variety of both stylish and practical quality frames. This, is an eye care center that you can trust with the health of your eyes!
- Oct. 20, 2021
Very experienced professionals! Also very caring for their patients.
- Aug. 07, 2020
Dr Chris Cakanac. Very Experienced. Knowledgeable. Highly recommend

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Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment in Murrysville

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Don’t lose sight of your future.

With early detection and treatment, glaucoma can be controlled.

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