Glaucoma Treatment in Raymore

Glaucoma Treatment in Raymore

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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. Advanced EyeCare - Raymore 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 Advanced EyeCare - Raymore, 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 Advanced EyeCare - Raymore in Raymore 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 Raymore

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • 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
Patient Reviews
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- Mar. 07, 2024
I have been with this clinic for four years. I have been happy with service and atmosphere. Has been... beautiful. They explain to you every step in the process. Thank you all from the receptionist to the optometrist. Thank you.
- May. 05, 2022
Love this place! I usually go to Americas Best but I had my first appointment here today and they ac... tually took their time to get my vision in check, whereas Americas Best did not. Dr. Harter was very patient with me and found the best prescription for my eyes. I literally can see so much better now! Definitely going to keep coming back here.
- Jul. 01, 2021
Everyone was absolutely wonderful. Our optometrist was extremely through & she even got my husband i... nto an ophthalmologist at a different office just so he could be treated quickly. Can't thank her enough!
- Dec. 11, 2020
10 out of 10! Very Friendly and professional staff! The staff was amazing from check in, to doctor v... isit, to picking out glasses! Very helpful and very informative! Totally recommend!
- Mar. 23, 2020
Dr. Pachy was so great and informative. She really helped explain what was going on with me and i wi... ll continue to come here. The other staff were nice and quick with getting me checked in and on my way.
- Feb. 13, 2020
The staff and Dr are extremely professional and welcoming with every visit. I appreciate the care an... d time they take with every client that visits.
- Jan. 24, 2020
I'm very pleased with my visit. They were very helpful and much more reasonably priced than the las... t place I went to.
- Jan. 24, 2020
Dr. Harter is great, The staff is always very friendly and helpful. They also have a good selectio... n of glasses to choose from. I would highly recommend Advanced Eyecare in Raymore.
- Jan. 17, 2020
Great technoligy eye exams; beautiful office facilities; many styles and brands to choose from; Grea... t, friendly customer service. I highly recommend this location for alk you necessary eyecare needs.
- Jan. 10, 2020
Great experience. All staff was very helpful with choosing a pair of frames. Helpful ideas on ways t... o purchase a pair of glasses.
- Jan. 09, 2020
I’ve been going to Advanced Eye Care for 2 yrs.Dr. Harter is so patient and answered any questions... we had, Jill,Erica,and Laura was very professional and helpful when it came to picking out eyeglass frames. Very highly recommend!!!!!!
- Jan. 07, 2020
Dr. Pachy diagnosed me with rare degenerative eye disease, something that could have been devastatin... g and something that others have missed in the past. She explained it so thoroughly and with such compassion, making sure I understood my options and has monitored my progress. And Laura helped me find the cutest frames! Highly recommend!
- Jan. 07, 2020
Easy to work with and good understanding of my eye needs.
- Dec. 28, 2019
Great experience & friendly staff! Very helpful in picking out glasses. Learned about different op... tions for nose pieces we never knew about! Highly recommend!
- Dec. 17, 2019
This office is amazing. Its always clean and the employees are very professional. Best vision office... around by far.
- Dec. 17, 2019
Super nice staff and doctors. They are very patient and very helpful!
- Dec. 11, 2019
My kids felt comfortable, all staff were kind and friendly and Dr. Answered all my questions. I will... definitely recommend them.
- Dec. 07, 2019
Always super kind here and the soccer doctor rocks!!
- Dec. 05, 2019
Professional, courteous and right on time. Examination w/ optional digital imaging provide excellent... baseline & impressive Dr. Lafreniere OD, FAAO explained very understandably, thank you 👁
- Dec. 05, 2019
I really appreciated the help from all the staff at Advanced Eyecare. They were very helpful with g... oing from always wearing contacts to getting fitted for glasses this time.

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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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