Glaucoma Treatment in Shadyside

Glaucoma Treatment in Shadyside

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. Eyetique - Shadyside 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 Eyetique - Shadyside, 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 Eyetique - Shadyside in Shadyside 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.

Patient Reviews
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- Apr. 08, 2024
Great experience; explained the whole process, how my insurance works and even offer the brands I pr... efer in eyewear.
- Mar. 23, 2024
What a really wonderful experience. Everyone from Tiffany, Carly, Dr Crawford and especially Libby w... ere so wonderful and nice. And what I really appreciated was they made excellent suggestions that prevented me from picking glasses that would make me look like a complete and total moron. Honestly the process was really quick and smooth and everybody was so friendly and nice that it just made for a pleasant experience. Everyone was passionate and knowledgeable. If I had questions they were thoroughly answered. Carly who does that annoying puff thing in the eye was really super funny and just generally made me feel comfortable and relaxed. Dr Crawford took a few extra minutes to explain something to my I'd always wondered and I just really appreciated her kindness and her knowledge. Libby should just do this professionally like become one of those $10,000 a session people that help you pick the right glasses. Basically after piling through a whole crapload of different frames we ended up picking the ones that she recommended. I cannot recommend them all enough. It was a really nice experience.
- Mar. 21, 2024
on time and helpful
- Feb. 15, 2024
The staff was friendly and helpful and very knowledgeable about their products.
- Feb. 01, 2024
The absolute best place for an exam or purchase.
- Jan. 30, 2024
I was having some difficulty with my new progressive lenses, which was odd for me because that is no... t typically a struggle. I stopped in, they made a quick adjustment, and it worked like magic. What’s more…I don’t think you can beat their selection of frames anywhere. Highly recommend the Shadyside location!
- Jan. 24, 2024
Welcoming staff all around, made me have a great first visit. I usually dread the interaction with m... y eye doctor but here I’m looking forward to it.
- Jan. 21, 2024
Dr marla she was awesome very nice and compassionate staff is great and they accept vba benefits! I ... got oakley frames and trivex lenses all the options and i could not be happier would recommend to friends and family
- Jan. 21, 2024
Awesome Staff!!!👍🏾💪🏾😀😀
- Dec. 11, 2023
Great eye care and test!
- Aug. 09, 2023
Great selection of glasses! Great eye doctor! Very friendly and helpful staff! Love the renovations!...
- May. 31, 2023
Loved the atmosphere.
- May. 11, 2023
Very competent and caring physician and staff....easy to be a patient there......
- Apr. 28, 2023
I was genuinely impressed with everyone at eyetique. The staff was super friendly and accommodating.... Dr. Crawford was kind and explained everything very clearly and answered all our questions. The eye exam felt like it was very thorough. And at the end, we didn’t feel pressured to buy our frames from the location. We’ll definitely be coming back here.
- Apr. 27, 2023
I received the best customer service from Kylie - she is knowledgeable and professional, and very ea... sy to talk to. I have no problem recommending Kylie and the Shadyside store to my family and friends for all of their eye care needs.
- Mar. 29, 2023
kudos to Annette for having a good eye
- Feb. 13, 2023
I know folks'll say this place is pricey but we've never had a bad experience here. From the selecti... on to the friendly and always helpful staff (and the well-stocked candy dish), and most importantly, the quality of eye care, this place has been our go-to for glasses and exams.
- Jan. 20, 2023
Tonya is amazing! She went above and beyond to understand our needs and provide us with great pricin... g. Made our experience there an exceptional one!!
- Jan. 17, 2023
They were extremely nice to me, would definitely go back
- Jan. 02, 2023
Definitely the best experience I’ve had with an eye exam & getting contacts! Everyone was so kind ... & the process was quick and easy. I highly recommend the Shadyside location.

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Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment in Shadyside

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Don’t lose sight of your future.

With early detection and treatment, glaucoma can be controlled.

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