Glaucoma Treatment in Lions Head Condos

Glaucoma Treatment in Lions Head Condos

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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. Vision 1st Nashville 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 Vision 1st Nashville, 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 Vision 1st Nashville in Lions Head Condos 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 Lions Head Condos

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  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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Insurance Plans
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  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Spectera
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  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • 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
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- May. 13, 2024
Very thorough eye exam. Patiently answered questions with details. Friendly and welcoming staff.
- Apr. 22, 2024
I had a fabulous experience with Vision 1st after trying them coming from another provider that left... a lot to be desired. Dr Hoover was thorough and explained his process really well. The staff went out of their way to make my current glasses as workable as possible while I waited for my new set. I highly recommend these guys!
- Apr. 03, 2024
We had to have our 4 year old daughter’s eyes checked and made a last minute appointment. The whol... e staff was great and took such great care of our girl.
- Mar. 29, 2024
Dr. Hoover was thorough, intelligent, and helpful during my eye exam. He even wrote a thank-you afte... rwards! Tia was also incredibly helpful in choosing my eyeglasses!
- Feb. 26, 2024
The staff was very friendly!
- Feb. 06, 2024
This is THE place for exceptional eye care. They truly love what they do! I've never seen better.
- Dec. 06, 2023
Excellent quality glasses and many stylish frames to choose from!!
- Oct. 20, 2023
The lady that helped me was extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
- Sep. 16, 2023
STAFF WAS GREAT! THANKS
- Aug. 24, 2023
I am very happy with Vision 1st. For some reason, my insurance network mainly covers big vision chai... ns with poor reviews. Then, I found this place. Dr. Hoover is extremely knowledgeable and a self-proclaimed eye nerd. All the staff were friendly and personable. They did not keep me waiting. I have never had vision problems, but I am looking forward to getting my first pair of glasses. The assistant helped me choose between about 10 options covered by my insurance. I know they will stand behind them and adjust them to my liking. My only complaint is that it's hard to get into the shopping plaza due to traffic.
- Jul. 12, 2023
I needed an emergency repair for eyeglasses another eyeglass store wouldn't and couldn't fix. These ... guys fixed them on the spot and didn't charge me even though I confessed I didn't buy the glasses there! These folks restored some of my faith in humanity. You should give them a chance!
- Jun. 17, 2023
Have been with Vision 1st for a very long time. I highly recommend them for your eye care needs.
- Apr. 24, 2023
Outstanding customer service by the optician. Very impressed with the selection they provided for m... y glasses. Was able to pick up my glasses within a week.
- Apr. 18, 2023
Polite and professional staff, Dr Hoover is great. Will definitely be back!
- Apr. 14, 2023
Dr. Ferro is so friendly and kind, I felt very comfortable here and that my eye exam was very thorou... gh. I expressed my anxiety with some of the eye tests they perform and the nurse went slowly with me and made it quick and painless. After my visit Dr. Ferro even sent me a handwritten thank you card! I would recommend this place to anyone looking for an ophthalmologist in Nashville, actually looking forward to my next eye exam for the first time!
- Mar. 25, 2023
Dr. Hoover and the staff were amazing. highly recommend. . One of the best experiences I’ve ever ... had.
- Mar. 24, 2023
Had to get a new eye prescription, and the staff from beginning to end was quick, efficient, friendl... y, and made it such an easy experience.
- Feb. 27, 2023
Impeccable customer service, above and beyond. Thank you!
- Jan. 24, 2023
Highly recommend Vision 1st! This was my first eye exam since moving to TN and turns out I’ve had ... undiagnosed astigmatisms and I’ve been to the eye doctor every year since I was 8!! The new lenses to correct this have been life changing! I can now see at night driving and don’t feel myself squinting anymore which I began to think was normal!! Dr. Stinnett and the whole team were so thorough and accommodating throughout my whole visit! I can’t wait for my new glasses to come in!
- Dec. 22, 2022
The entire office staff is amazing to work with and pleasant. My glasses prescription was spot on...... keep up the good work Vision 1st Nashville!!

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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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