Glaucoma Management in the Central Valley

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The Silent Cause of Blindness

Glaucoma is a disease that affects and damages the eye’s optic nerve. A buildup of fluid in the eye causes damage to the optic nerve, which may be accompanied by a rise in intraocular pressure. The optic nerve carries information from the eye to the brain, so when it’s damaged – vision loss will occur.

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in people over the age of 60. However, with regular eye examinations, early detection, and prompt treatment, we can help prevent permanent vision loss as a result of glaucoma.

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Types of Glaucoma

There are two main types of glaucoma that may affect your eyes as you age.

Primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common type of glaucoma. This type of glaucoma happens gradually, due to the eye not draining fluid properly. Similarly to a clogged drain, this causes fluid to build up and the intraocular pressure to rise. The rise in pressure causes stress on the optic nerve and reduces the amount of blood that can get through to the blood vessels that supply the nerve.

POAG is often asymptomatic in the early stages, but can slowly steal your sight. Monitoring your eye health with proper testing is paramount and may even save your vision.

Angle-closure glaucoma (ACG) can happen rapidly and is very serious. It occurs when the iris is very close to the drainage angle in the eye. If the iris blocks the drainage angle, fluid builds up quickly, causing the intraocular pressure to rise rapidly. This event is referred to as an acute angle-closure attack.

Signs of an acute angle-closure attack include:

  • Sudden change in vision or vision loss
  • Severe eye pain or headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rainbow-colored rings or halos around lights

An acute angle-closure attack is an eye emergency, and you should visit your ophthalmologist or the hospital immediately, or you may lose your vision permanently.

Testing & Treatment

Keeping an eye on your ocular health and vision with regular eye exams can help pinpoint early signs of glaucoma before symptoms become noticeable. At Natural Vision, we offer the latest in diagnostic, medical, and surgical techniques for the management and treatment of glaucoma.

One of the most prominent telltale signs of glaucoma is elevated intraocular pressure. To test your eye pressure levels, we use a Goldmann Applanation Tonometer.

The device uses a tiny, flat-tipped cone that gently comes into contact with your eye and measures how much force is needed to flatten a part of the cornea.

First line therapy for the treatment of increased intraocular pressure is prescription pressure lowering eye drops, that either decrease ocular fluid production or increase ocular fluid drainage.

If testing shows elevated pressure levels in your eyes that can’t be well controlled by drops, we can perform a trabeculectomy to improve fluid outflow. The operation involves making a small incision in the eye, allowing surrounding tissues to absorb the excess fluid.

Another treatment to lower eye pressure is to insert tiny metal or plastic tubes called valves or stents into the eye. These tubes help to redirect excess fluid from the anterior chamber to an external reservoir.

We are here for you every step of the way during your eye care journey. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Our Locations

Fresno

Address

6767 North Fresno Street
Fresno, California 93710

Contact Information

Phone: 559-432-1000

Find our Fresno office at 6767 North Fresno Street on the Southwest corner of Fresno and Herndon off the 41.

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Madera

Address

1011 West Yosemite Avenue
Madera, California 93637

Contact Information

Phone: 559-673-6000

Find our Madera office at 1011 West Yosemite Avenue on the corner of Yosemite and P Street.

 

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Sanger

Address

Suite 103, 2514 Jensen Avenue
Sanger, California 93657

Contact Information

Phone: 559-875-2000

Find our Sanger office at Suite 103, 2514 Jensen Avenue, on the corner of Jensen and Bethel (same corner as Panda Express).

 

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Address

6767 North Fresno Street
Fresno, California 93710

Contact Information

Phone: 559-432-1000

Find our Fresno office at 6767 North Fresno Street on the Southwest corner of Fresno and Herndon off the 41.

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Address

1011 West Yosemite Avenue
Madera, California 93637

Contact Information

Phone: 559-673-6000

Find our Madera office at 1011 West Yosemite Avenue on the corner of Yosemite and P Street.

 

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Address

Suite 103, 2514 Jensen Avenue
Sanger, California 93657

Contact Information

Phone: 559-875-2000

Find our Sanger office at Suite 103, 2514 Jensen Avenue, on the corner of Jensen and Bethel (same corner as Panda Express).

 

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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