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Glaucoma

Glaucoma refers to a group of conditions that damage the optic nerve, causing irreversible vision loss.

The medical doctors at Monterey County Eye Associates offer many glaucoma treatments to preserve your vision and prevent blindness.

Learn why people in the Monterey, Salinas, and King City, CA, area trust our doctors with their vision...

The Two Common Types of Glaucoma

Most types of glaucoma involve increased pressure within the eye (intraocular pressure). These are the two most common types of the condition.

Open-Angle Glaucoma

The most common form of the eye disease, open-angle glaucoma comprises approximately 90 percent of all diagnoses. It's caused by the slow clogging of the drainage canals in the eye, increasing intraocular pressure. The angle between the iris and cornea are open and wide.

Angle-Closure Glaucoma

In angle-closure glaucoma, a patient experiences blocked drainage canals but has a narrow angle between the iris and cornea. While not as common as open-angle glaucoma, the signs and symptoms of angle-closure glaucoma are much easier for people to notice.

Other Forms of the Condition

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In addition to open-angle and angle-closure glaucoma, other kinds include congenital (childhood) glaucoma, normal-tension glaucoma (NTG), and pigmentary glaucoma.

Common Symptoms Protect Your Vision by Knowing the Warning Signs

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Different types of glaucoma have different symptoms. Keep in mind that you may not notice any symptoms until you've experienced significant vision loss. This is why it's important to schedule regular eye exams.

Open-Angle Glaucoma Symptoms

  • Blind spots in central or peripheral vision
  • Tunnel vision, especially in advanced stages

Angle-Closure Glaucoma Symptoms

  • Blurry vision
  • Red eyes
  • Eye pain
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Risk Factors

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  • Being 60 years old or older
  • African, Asian, or Hispanic descent
  • Family history of the condition
  • Extreme myopia or hyperopia
  • Thin corneas
  • Previous eye injury or surgery
  • Medical conditions (diabetes, sickle cell anemia)
  • Long-term use of corticosteroids

Are You at Risk for Glaucoma? Contact Our Ophthalmologists in Monterey County, CA

If you have experienced any of the warning signs we've noted above, it's important that you schedule a consultation with our ophthalmologists. We offer some of the most sophisticated vision technology in the greater Monterey, Salinas, and King City, CA, area.

To learn more about preventing vision loss, contact our eye doctors online. You can also schedule an appointment by phone.

Call Monterey County Eye Associates

(831) 424-1150

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We have four convenient office locations in Monterey County, CA.
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Examination and Diagnosis

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Testing Methods

In addition to a discussion of your symptoms and medical history, common tests performed during an exam may include:

  • Pachymetry
  • Gonioscopy
  • Optic nerve photographs
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Visual fields testing

Creating a Treatment Plan

During your visit to our offices in Monterey County, CA, we will develop an individualized treatment plan. This will take into account the type of glaucoma you have and the most sensible procedure or combination of procedures that can help preserve your vision and manage the disease.

While glaucoma cannot be cured, there are many options available to preserve your vision and prevent blindness...

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How Much Does Treatment Cost? Pricing and Insurance

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The cost of treatment will vary from patient to patient depending on their needs. Less invasive procedures will typically cost less than glaucoma surgery and other more invasive therapies. Medical insurance will typically cover glaucoma treatments. During your consultation at our practice in Monterey County, CA, we can go over pricing, your insurance coverage, and financing plans in greater detail.

Non-Surgical Treatments

Prescription Medication

Prescription eyedrops or oral medications are a common first step in treatment. Prostaglandins, beta blockers, alpha-adrenergic agonists, and other drugs reduce intraocular pressure by reducing the production of aqueous humor and/or improving the flow of the fluid within the eye.

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)

SLT is a type of laser therapy that targets the trabecular meshwork, the natural drain for fluid within the eye. During SLT, the trabecular meshwork is exposed to laser energy. SLT is ideal for patients who experience open-angle glaucoma and can be combined with the use of medications.

Micropulse Laser Trabeculoplasty (MLT)

Micropulse laser trabeculoplasty is similar to SLT in a number of ways. Both are laser therapies for patients with open-angle glaucoma. However, MLT uses much shorter pulses of laser energy that are just microseconds long, offering a much gentler form of treatment.

What Is a Stent? The Role Stents Play in Glaucoma Surgery

How Do Stents Work?

A stent is a small tube that can be inserted into a passageway in the body to keep that passage open. The stents placed during MIGS are very small. While often placed during cataract removal, stents can be inserted whether or not a patient has cataracts.

Different Kinds of Stents Can Be Used

Our offices in Monterey County, CA, can use a variety of stents depending on the patient's needs, including the iStent, the Hydrus® Microstent, and the XEN® Gel Stent.

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There's a lot you can do to lead a fulfilling and enriching life
in spite of this progressive eye disease...

Living with Glaucoma Helping Patients with Long-Term Management

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Schedule Frequent Vision Checkups

People diagnosed with or at risk for glaucoma should consider visiting an eye doctor more frequently. This may mean annual or biannual trips to see an eye care specialist.

Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Good general wellness can make a difference when it comes to your vision. Be sure to eat a well-balanced diet, exercise regularly, and see your doctor for your annual physical.

Talk with Your Loved Ones

If you need emotional support, speak with your family, friends, and support network about what you're feeling. You can also reach out to our eye doctors for advice and assistance.

The team of doctors at Monterey County Eye Associates

Monterey County Eye Associates
Monterey Bay Eye Center

Our team of ophthalmologists provides state-of-the-art eye care using the latest technology. They are proud to be affiliated with: 

  • AAO: American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • ABO: American Board of Ophthalmology

To schedule an appointment at one of our four ophthalmologist office locations in Monterey, Salinas, and King City, contact us online or call (831) 424-1150.

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