Glaucoma Treatment

ICON Eyecare, Your Glaucoma Specialists

ICON Eyecare’s team of fellowship trained glaucoma specialists is here to serve you and offers a variety of glaucoma treatment options that aim to relieve symptoms and prevent further damage or loss of sight. Many glaucoma treatments are painless.

At ICON Eyecare, we care about treating your glaucoma as soon as possible so that you may return to a normal way of life. This is why we often have same day appointments available with our glaucoma specialists in Denver, Golden, and Grand Junction. ICON Eyecare accepts nearly all insurance providers including United Health Care, Anthem BlueCross, Cigna, Spectra, Superior Vision, Medicaid, and many others.

Glaucoma Eye Condition Overview

  • What is Glaucoma?

    Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve and can result in vision loss and blindness. However, with early detection and treatment, you can protect your eyes against serious vision loss.

    The majority of the anterior (front) segment of the eye is made up of aqueous fluid, a watery substance that continually exits the eye through a drainage region at the base of the iris. New fluid is produced on a continual basis and this constant cycle maintains the perfect pressure balance which creates the natural shape of the eye. The most common type of glaucoma is caused by an impairment of this natural drainage system, causing an increase in pressure. This gradual increase in intraocular pressure can result in a decrease in aqueous outflow resulting in significant damage to your eye.

  • Glaucoma Symptoms

    Glaucoma typically starts with a loss of peripheral vision but has few to no other noticeable symptoms. Left untreated, however, glaucoma can progress to complete blindness.

    Glaucoma has become known as a silent disease, robbing patients of their sight. Many times, permanent damage occurs before a patient begins to notice that something isn’t quite right. The health of your eyes is reliant on routine eye exams with your optometrist.

  • Who is at Risk for Glaucoma?

    The risk of glaucoma certainly increases with age, but can really affect anyone. Some folks are at a slightly higher risk including smokers, diabetics, and those who suffer from sleep apnea and hypertension. Some people are genetically predisposed to glaucoma, including African-Americans and people of Hispanic descent.

  • How is Glaucoma Diagnosed?

    Early detection of glaucoma mitigates sight loss for many, but in some cases, no treatment is sought until glaucoma symptoms arise. Glaucoma causes gradual loss of peripheral vision, eventually leading to tunnel vision. Few other symptoms exist. That is why it is important to see a specialists as soon as possible to determine if you have glaucoma.

    There are several types of glaucoma, although open-angle glaucoma is the most common. Other less common forms are low-tension glaucoma, angle-closure glaucoma, congenital glaucoma, pigmentary glaucoma, and pseudoexfoliation glaucoma. Glaucoma tests, performed at all ICON Eyecare eye examinations, can detect the disease in early stages and identify the type of glaucoma involved.

    • Visual acuity tests measure how well you see at various distances
    • Visual field tests measure peripheral vision, one of the early symptoms of glaucoma.
    • Dilation, which uses eye drops to dilate the pupils allows doctors to examine the retina and optic nerve
    • A tonometer measures the pressure inside the eye
    • Pachymetry measures corneal thickness with ultrasonic waves
  • Glaucoma Treatment

    If detected early enough, treatments for glaucoma can prevent or postpone blindness. Once glaucoma has been diagnosed, treatment should begin as soon as possible to help minimize the risk of permanent vision loss.

    There is no cure for glaucoma, so treatment focuses on relieving symptoms and preventing further damage from occurring. Most cases of glaucoma can be treated with eye drops, laser surgery, or microsurgery. The best treatment for your individual case depends on the type and severity of the disease, and can be discussed with your doctor. The good news is that with early detection and with today’s medical and surgical treatments, most people with glaucoma will not lose their sight. Glaucoma treatment options include:

    • Hypotensive eye drops reduce the intraocular pressure and protect the optic nerve. Some patients develop redness, stinging, irritation, or blurry vision as a side effect of these medications. Patients should tell their doctor about any allergies they have to minimize the risk of side effects.
    • Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) is a laser glaucoma surgery commonly used to treat open-angle glaucoma.
    • Laser Peripheral Iridotomy (LPI) is a glaucoma laser treatment for narrow angles, narrow angle glaucoma, and acute angle closure glaucoma.
    • The iStent is inserted into the drainage canal of the eye during cataract surgery. It effectively lowers the intraocular pressure allowing most patients to discontinue one or all of their glaucoma medications.
  • Glaucoma Eye Doctor in Denver - Glaucoma Center of Excellence

    ICON Eyecare’s team of glaucoma eye doctors includes fellowship trained glaucoma specialists in its Lone Tree, downtown Denver locations, and Golden eye care centers. ICON Eyecare’s glaucoma specialists have experience treating the most difficult cases and advanced stages of glaucoma. We look forward to the privilege of treating your glaucoma and related conditions soon.

    ICON Eyecare makes appointments available for patients as soon as possible. Thus, the average time before your glaucoma appointment is often only a few days. In some cases, ICON Eyecare has same day glaucoma appointments available.

    You can request your glaucoma appointment online using ICON Eyecare’s online scheduling appointment request.

  • How to Pronounce Glaucoma

    Glaucoma is a common cause of blindness in the US. This video simply pronounces it for you so that you feel comfortable discussing glaucoma with your eye care doctor.

Glaucoma Treatment Procedures

  • Cyclophotocoagulation: CPC and EPC

    Cyclophotocoagulation (cyclo-photo-coagulation) is an alternative glaucoma treatment most often used when glaucoma medication and other surgical treatment options do not lower intraocular pressure (IOP) as much as desired or required. These glaucoma cases are often referred to as ‘refractory,’ or stubborn and resistant to treatment. Cyclophotocoagulation is a surgical laser procedure that targets the source of IOP more directly and...

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  • LPI (Laser Peripheral Iridotomy)

    Laser Peripheral Iridotomy (LPI) is a laser treatment for narrow angle glaucoma to help drain fluid and improve pressure in the eye, caused over time or suddenly.

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  • SLT (Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty)

    Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (STL) is a laser-enabled surgery designed to treat intraocular pressure caused by open-angle glaucoma to help patients get back to their passions.

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  • iStent ®

    The iStent® is implanted in the eye during cataract surgery to relieve eye pressure used to treat mild and moderate cases of open-angle glaucoma.

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