Glaucoma Treatment in Erie

Glaucoma Treatment in Erie

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. Shawnee Optical - East Erie 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.

Preserve Your Vision For Longer

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 Shawnee Optical - East Erie, 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 Shawnee Optical - East Erie in Erie 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 Erie

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross

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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- Feb. 19, 2024
Great staff, always friendly and helpful. Helped with fixing my broken frames in 3 days. Certainly r... ecommend.
- Feb. 13, 2024
Pleasant great atmosphere curtious
- Feb. 10, 2024
A great place to go. The exam was very good. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Dr Fischer... is very nice and tells you what he's doing and why.
- Jan. 22, 2024
I've been going to our local Shawnee since my daughter was prescribed glasses at 2yrs old. They've a... lways been very welcoming and accommodating. Recently, we went down for her new RX and had an issue with her insurance, it was on the insurance's end and we could easily have been told to come back once straightened out. Instead, the wonderful associate had my daughter pick out her glasses, took down a copy of the card and my phone number. She told me not to worry she would keep checking and as soon as her coverage showed active she would send it in. Sure enough that's exactly what she did! Not only did she believe me when I told her it was the insurance's error, but she made my daughter feel comfortable and made sure she was able to get the glasses she wanted. To my that's exceptional service and true definition of going ABOVE AND BEYOND for your customer. Thank you! I highly recommend this location.
- Jan. 14, 2024
Highly recommend office on 38th St.
- Nov. 04, 2023
Have been going there for many year. Staff is friendly and willing to help.
- Oct. 10, 2023
Dr Fischer is incredibly efficient and informative. Front desk and support staff is on point with ev... erything.
- Aug. 16, 2023
Everyone is always helpful and nice.
- Jun. 25, 2023
FIRST TIMER....WISH I HAVE BEEN COMING FOREVER..BUT.. DOCTOR AND SATFF WERE GREAT...IN AND OUT....TH... ANKS
- May. 25, 2023
I have been coming here for three years now and the ladies are amazing. They make you feel comfortab... le and assist with finding the perfect glasses. I have three children that also come here and they are so good with my children.
- Oct. 12, 2022
Went above and beyond to help me with an emergency, so thankful to the entire staff for taking such ... good care of my eye pain!
- Oct. 03, 2022
Great experience. Would recommend.
- Aug. 19, 2022
Thank you Mary. As promised five stars & 👍👍
- Jul. 21, 2022
Nice friendly atmosphere. All staff are polite . A huge variety of frames.
- Oct. 14, 2021
Very kind and informative staff!
- Jun. 27, 2021
Friendly, knowledgeable, fast, and efficient! I would definitely recommend them for your eye care ne... eds!
- Feb. 14, 2021
Staff was very nice. Dr. Fisher was great. Gave me a trial of contacts and helped me pick out glasse... s. Building is clean and updated.
- Dec. 12, 2020
My first eye exam and I was very impressed with the time and knowledge Dr Fischer gave with the test... s he did. 5 Stars to the Dr and staff I encountered.
- Nov. 14, 2020
Very nice, friendly, and personable staff. Very clean and professional building as well!
- Jul. 31, 2020
The staffed is nice and drs are great I would recommend them to anyone

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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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