Glaucoma Treatment in Mount Zion Township

Glaucoma Treatment in Mount Zion Township

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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. International Eyecare Center - Mount Zion Township 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 International Eyecare Center - Mount Zion Township, 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 International Eyecare Center - Mount Zion Township in Mount Zion Township 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 Mount Zion Township

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
  • May. 27 Closed
Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • VSP
  • Anthem
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Spectera
  • Blue Cross
  • MetLife
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

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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- Jan. 17, 2024
Very friendly and thorough doctor, Dr Ryan Thoele. Also his staff is great!
- Oct. 21, 2023
Good, comfortable experience.
- Oct. 06, 2023
This is the best place I have ever went to for glasses! Dr Ryan was very straight forward and kind. ... Even with Medicare I still got more choices of frames than anywhere I have ever been. Around 100 I believe and Brooke was very helpful and kind when I was waiting for my husband and trying on frames. I went the 19th and got a text that they were ready the 23rd! So fast! I'm very impressed!
- Sep. 27, 2023
Quick, friendly and conveniently located!
- Aug. 13, 2023
Great service, friendly staff
- Jul. 24, 2023
Everyone is kind and amazing! Love the staff and care received there!
- Jul. 21, 2023
Very thorough eye exam and wonderful doctor and staff.
- Jun. 21, 2023
The staff were friendly and the doctor listened to my questions and concerns.
- May. 09, 2023
Was having an issue with my eye & the team was able to get me in same day to check it out. They have... great staff & Dr. is very kind & informative!!
- May. 04, 2023
I must say that of all the places Ive visited to recieve eye care and glasses, this place is above b... ar for quality service. From the reception desk, to the Dr, to the eye tech helping pick out frames all around the best service. Highly recomend!
- Apr. 20, 2023
The personnel was awesome!! The glasses can be very expensive!! One pair of glasses can cost you ove... r $600 unless you get a stripped down pair without the options. They do have some awesome glass frames.
- Mar. 31, 2023
Dr Thoele is the best! Great listener, has tons of patience, communicates in easily understandable w... ords, answers every question and is a very pleasant Christian man. The staff is welcoming, kind, knowledgeable and caring. I've never felt rushed. Thanks IEC Mt Zion!
- Jan. 21, 2023
Timely, professional, fun!
- Nov. 22, 2022
Great people!
- Oct. 21, 2022
Always nice and helpful..will continue to go back.
- Sep. 12, 2022
Very thorough exams and friendly staff. Dr Thoele is genial and kind with a sense of humor.
- Aug. 16, 2022
friendly,quick service, professionism,
- Jul. 28, 2022
Friendly, professional staff. Clean office.
- Jul. 28, 2022
Excellent!!!
- May. 31, 2022
Fantastic facility! Everyone is very helpful and knowledgeable.

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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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