Glaucoma Treatment in Peoria

Glaucoma Treatment in Peoria

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. Eye Tech Eyes 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 Eye Tech Eyes, 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 Eye Tech Eyes in Peoria 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 Peoria

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • EyeMed
  • Spectera
  • Medicare
  • Versant Health
  • Heritage Vision Plans

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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Everyone so professional and fun. Thank you all
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- May. 03, 2024
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- May. 02, 2024
So professional, always on schedule. Caring staff. Can’t say enough positive things. 5 years.
- Apr. 12, 2024
They got me in quickly same day with no hassle. Staff was polite and very helpful.
- Apr. 03, 2024
My family and I have been patients here since 2015, and we continue to be to this day because of the... consistently high level of service we receive when we go. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and the doctors are knowledgeable and thorough. In fact, from my visit there yesterday, I'd like to call out a couple of highlights...the person at the front desk (I'm afraid I didn't get her name) put in a considerable amount of effort to determine my insurance. Yet, without any sign of frustration or discouragement, she checked carrier after carrier until she found the one with which I was listed. She kept up her professionalism and courtesy, and did not make me feel bad at all that she had to do such research. Secondly, the tech/nurse who worked with me (Colleen) was awesome. She recognized me from a previous visit, and from there it was like we were old friends. All the while, of course, she maintained her professionalism, but I was 100% comfortable during all exams and tests, and felt welcome to ask lots of questions -- which Colleen answered without hesitation. All-in-all, it's been a great experience for me and my family at Eye Tech Eyes. I hope your experience will be the same.
- Apr. 02, 2024
The office is always clean, the employees are very personable. I have been going to this office for ... 20 years, I have referred quite a few people.
- Mar. 27, 2024
I’ve been here several years. I always forget to do good reviews when everything is awesome. The ... entire staff is great. They are so accommodating. There’s never a wait. I have some eye issues and I see Dr Wellman & I love him. He listens and when you have stuff going on that’s so helpful! So glad I found them!
- Mar. 27, 2024
Everyone is pleasant and professional. It's a full service eye care and they have a great selection... of glasses and lenses with any tint you want. I would recommend them to anyone.
- Mar. 26, 2024
Eye tech is the best place to go they are so caring and most up to date testing. They are amazing.
- Mar. 25, 2024
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I’ve been going here since they opened with doctor Gary Morgan and now doctor Mark Wellman Fantas... tic services and quality equipment with awesome care and knowledge from all the staff. They provide excellent services for all your eye care needs
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Eye Tech Eyes is a wonderful eye care facility. I love the staff and the doctor. Always professional... and extremely polite. Would highly recommend
- Feb. 15, 2024
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- Feb. 09, 2024
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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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