Glaucoma Treatment in Crystal Lake

Glaucoma Treatment in Crystal Lake

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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. Coventry EyeCare 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 Coventry EyeCare 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 Coventry EyeCare Associates in Crystal Lake 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 Crystal Lake

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross
  • MetLife

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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- Feb. 21, 2024
I just want to put a shout out to anyone anyone at all that needs to have their eyes checked please ... don't pass up Coventry eye Care they do an awesome job and they are very thorough and they care and when it comes to picking out the glasses be sure to ask for Zoe she'll go above and beyond and way out of her way to make sure you get the right pair for your face so that you'll feel good and look good about them thank you everybody over there I had a great experience!
- Sep. 14, 2023
Debbie was an absolute ROCKSTAR!!! I came in not even knowing what type of glasses I was looking for... and she took her time helping me decide what I was looking for. She gave me good solid advice about the fit and features of the different frames. She made me feel comfortable and not rushed to figure out what I wanted. GIVE THAT WOMAN A RASIE!!!
- Jan. 03, 2023
Brett does a terrific job. He is genuinely helpful and helped select glasses which will look great a... nd have the Coventry quality we have come to expect! Kudos to Brett for all of his help!
- Oct. 25, 2022
I was in between going in and out of town for a family matter and they were able to get me in immedi... ately. Dr Rodriguez was very personable and thorough. I felt very comfortable with his exam . The wonderful staff here, Debbie, Ashley and Zoe made me feel like a VIP.
- Aug. 03, 2022
Our entire family goes here and we are always pleased with the staff and service. We get quality car... e and all questions we ask answered.
- Feb. 25, 2022
Professional expert eye care. State of the art equipment, Doctor and staff are courteous, knowledge... able, with detailed analysis and explanations. Highly recommended.
- Feb. 11, 2022
Always great customer service, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Wide selection of frames and even s... pecialty lenses for sunglasses and sports wear.
- Jan. 06, 2022
Everyone is always so friendly and helpful.
- Dec. 18, 2021
Always a good experience from the thorough exam and results discussion to the choosing of frames and... the coordination of insurance. Great people to work with.
- Dec. 15, 2021
As always professional, friendly and thorough. I’ve been going to Coventry Eye Care for many years... .
- Nov. 29, 2021
Great office staff. Everyone is very nice and they use all updated technology.
- Nov. 24, 2021
Wonderful experience here with my young son. Everyone was so friendly, communicative, helpful, and c... omforting. I was blown away with the fact that the doctor and staff focused on the “ whole” child and not just his eyes. The patience, friendly demeanor, and child like conversation with the doctor kept my son engaged and cooperative. As a mother, I was comfortable and appreciative of the doctors approach of not only being a professional but a parent, too. We will be back!
- Nov. 03, 2021
I have been using Coventry Eyecare for about 5 years now. Never have I been disappointed. I had some... issues with the same pair of glasses twice and both times they stepped up and took care of the issue. I recently moved out of Crystal Lake and I live about 25 miles away but will continue to use them for my vision/eyeware needs.
- Oct. 21, 2021
Coventry has been taking great care of me for 25+ years. They continue to invest in state of the ar... t technology combined with warm/family team members delivering a First class experience. I am in great hands. Thank you!
- Oct. 20, 2021
Great staff !!! Coventry Eye Care is the best!
- Oct. 19, 2021
My visit today was good and thorough and staff was very nice and helpful. Recommend this facility to... anyone needing good care for vision issues.
- Oct. 13, 2021
Very thorough and friendly staff!
- Sep. 23, 2021
Great staff always a good experience
- Sep. 16, 2021
Amazing, from start to finish! They are especially great with kids. My daughter is 6 and was extreme... ly nervous about her appointment and they were all so friendly and patient with her.
- Sep. 14, 2021
New to area, always a challenge looking for specialists. Saw website, long time local business wit... h great reviews. Was able to schedule online which was responded to immediately and then confirmed. Pre-registered online also. Upon visit, receptionist (Sarah) was phenomenal! Looked up insurance benefits to apply towards visit. Office is clean and equipment up to date. Its been awhile since I've been examined and technician (Michael) was thorough and informative. Dr. Hui was great, answering all questions and explaining things no one has before. I was comfortable in this office. Brett helped in the frames area explaining various products. I will be returning.

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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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