Glaucoma Treatment in Falmouth

Glaucoma Treatment in Falmouth

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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. Cape Cod Vision Associates 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 Cape Cod Vision Associates, 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 Cape Cod Vision Associates in Falmouth 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 Falmouth

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • Blue Cross
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Mass General Brigham Health Plan
  • Mass Health
  • Medicaid
  • Cigna
  • Eye Med
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare

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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- Apr. 05, 2024
A quick an easy exam with the very professional staff at Cape Cod Vision.
- Apr. 03, 2024
Always a great visit; a welcoming atmosphere and top-drawer professional treatment.
- Feb. 20, 2024
Always a great experience! I've been seeing Dr. Childs since I was 12 years old. I wouldn't go to an... yone else.
- Feb. 07, 2024
Very friendly office & helpful to my needs. Dr Child deals with my vision problems the best and I ha... ve been coming to him for years.
- Jan. 25, 2024
Dr Child’s is awesome! Listens to my concerns anytime I have an issue, he has a plan.. our family ... has been going to him for several years.. the entire office is always welcoming and very helpful!
- Jan. 16, 2024
Outstanding, Superb, Fantastic....there are not enough adjectives to describe the great friendly and... very professional service that we always receive there. They are more thorough than my regular ophthalmologist and detect the same conditions...and then some! Both my wife and I heartily recommend Cape Cod Vision!!
- Jan. 04, 2024
Been going here for about 20 years. Always a very good and professional experience. Dr. and Staff ... are excellent. Highly recommend.
- Dec. 05, 2023
Very professional staff, friendly and knowledgeable. But the price of the glasses is a bit high over... all a good experience.
- Nov. 21, 2023
Extremely professional from the minute you walk through the door.
- Aug. 30, 2023
Everything great as usual. Highly recommend
- Aug. 25, 2023
Experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable staff.
- Aug. 10, 2023
Dr. Child and his staff are wonderful! I highly recommend them.
- Jul. 14, 2023
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- May. 31, 2023
I Have been going to Cape Cod Vision Associates for a few years now. Have had nothing but quality ca... re . Atmosphere has been pleasant as well as the staff. Dr Child is the best. Edna Davis
- May. 25, 2023
Great attention to detail. Super staff. They take the time to do it right.
- May. 16, 2023
Great office team, great tech and a great doctor. I highly recommend Cape Cod Vision!
- Apr. 11, 2023
I wouldn't be driving from Brewster to Falmouth if it wasn't worth it!!
- Mar. 30, 2023
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- Mar. 10, 2023
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- Jan. 19, 2023
This was my first appointment at Cape Cod Vision Associates. I left their totally satisfied and very... impressed. I can say with all certainty that this was BY FAR the most comprehensive eye exam I've ever had! (and I'm 65 years old and have worn glasses for 40 plus years) From the moment I walked in the door Dr. Childs and his staff took great care of me. All along the way during the exam process things were explained to me in great detail and I left their office confident in the results and treatment plan going forward! If you're looking for the best care possible for your eyes look no further than Cape Cod Vision Associates?

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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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