Glaucoma Surgery & Treatment in Greater Wichita, KS Area

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Wichita Glaucoma Surgery Center

Glaucoma is often called the “silent thief of sight” because in many cases, there are no symptoms. It progresses gradually and quietly. As many as 3 million Americans have glaucoma, though approximately half don’t know they have the disease. Left untreated, glaucoma can cause permanent vision loss.  Fortunately, glaucoma is highly treatable. Regular comprehensive eye exams are important for early detection.

The glaucoma specialists of Grene Vision Group use the latest techniques and technologies to diagnose and treat glaucoma with the goal of halting disease progression. Schedule an appointment with a Grene Vision Group glaucoma specialist in the greater Wichita, Kansas area today.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a sight-threatening disease that can cause damage to the delicate optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain. Most often, the damage is a result of chronic high pressure within the eye that slowly destroys the nerve fibers.  

Glaucoma Risk Factors

Anyone can develop glaucoma, but it’s important to be aware of these risk factors:

  • Being over the age of 60 

  • Being African American

  • Having a family history of glaucoma

  • Having certain medical conditions such as diabetes or hypertension

  • Having had an eye injury 

  • Taking corticosteroid medications 

Glaucoma usually shows no symptoms until permanent vision loss has occurred, so it’s even more important for those at higher risk to have regular eye exams to detect and treat glaucoma early. With early detection and careful management, significant damage to eyesight from glaucoma is nearly always preventable. 

Types of Glaucoma

Open-Angle Glaucoma

Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of the disease. This form of glaucoma leads to gradual loss of peripheral (side) vision, usually in both eyes, with tunnel vision in the advanced stages. Generally, there are no noticeable symptoms.

Narrow-Angle Glaucoma

Narrow-angle glaucoma (also known as closed-angle glaucoma) is less common. This form of the disease can lead to a rapid rise in intraocular pressure, developing very quickly with very noticeable symptoms. Symptoms include:

  • Severe eye pain

  • Nausea and vomiting (accompanying the severe eye pain)

  • Sudden onset of visual disturbance, often in low light

  • Blurred vision

  • Halos around lights

  • Reddening of the eye

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, schedule an appointment with one of our highly skilled glaucoma specialists today. Promptly seek emergency care if you ever experience severe eye pain, nausea and vomiting (accompanying the severe eye pain) or sudden onset of visual changes. Our highly skilled glaucoma specialists are here to support your vision needs.

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Glaucoma Treatment Options in Wichita, Kansas

Treatment may include medication, laser surgery, or other forms of eye surgery designed to alleviate pressure on the eye. Grene Vision Group in the greater Wichita, KS area is the choice for patients who want the most advanced techniques for glaucoma treatment and surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is glaucoma diagnosed?

Glaucoma is diagnosed during a dilated eye exam. Your eye doctor will perform a series of non-invasive tests, including checking your eye pressure, optic nerve health, and your peripheral (side) vision. Depending on your level of glaucoma or risk for glaucoma, appropriate treatment and follow-up care will be recommended.

When should I see a doctor about symptoms?

While glaucoma typically has no symptoms, you should promptly seek emergency care if you ever experience severe eye pain, nausea and vomiting (accompanying the severe eye pain) or sudden onset of visual changes. 

Which glaucoma treatment is right for me?

Everyone has unique eyes and their own needs and goals. Our Grene Vision Group glaucoma surgeons and specialists will discuss all your options, including the benefits of each available treatment as well as any potential side effects, to recommend a glaucoma treatment plan that is best for you.

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Grene Vision Group Locations Near You

Looking for a glaucoma specialist in or around Wichita, KS? Find a Grene Vision Group location near you.