Glaucoma Treatment in Canton

Glaucoma Treatment in Canton

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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. Washington Square EyeCare 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 Washington Square EyeCare, 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 Washington Square EyeCare in Canton 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 Canton

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Hours
  • Monday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
  • May. 27 Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Eye Med
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross

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
Patient Reviews
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- Dec. 01, 2023
Excellent customer service! Tim is always professional, kind & cares about your eyes. Always makin... g sure when you walk out the door your eyes can see all the better rather your wearing glasses or contacts. You’re in good hands here and your eyes will thank you for it 🙂
- Apr. 09, 2022
I haven’t been to the eye doctor in a long time. But I started having some pain in my one eye. So ... I just stopped there to ask if they could look in it. They took me in that same day! He fixed my eye. Then he squeezed me in the very next day for a follow up. I appreciated it so much. He and the staff were all awesome and so nice. I now have a new eye doctor.
- Aug. 04, 2021
Great eye doctor and staff here. We went here for exams and glasses when we lived in Canton, and hav... e started going back even after moving 45 minutes away. Worth the extra drive time to get the glasses and service that work best for us.
- Jul. 18, 2021
Excellent service. Very friendly. Really helped my family out during an emergency. Definitely recomm... end.
- Mar. 16, 2021
Convenient location, good variety of glasses and contacts
- Mar. 25, 2019
Great local optometry office. Dr. Raymondi took time to get to know me and my specific eye care need... s. Front desk and the optician were very helpful as well. Nice selection of frames and went over all the options available, great experience!
- Dec. 04, 2017
Great guy and great practice. Highly recommend.
- Nov. 18, 2016
I stopped in to see if they could help after having something stuck in my eye. The receptionist was ... welcoming and was able to work me in. Dr. Raymondi was able to help me out quickly and I feel much better now! Thank-you, I would highly recommend!
- Aug. 13, 2012
I've been going to see Dr. Raymondi since I was young, and when he moved to a new office at Washingt... on Square Eye Care, I moved with him. Even though I now live in a different state, I still use his practice for my eye care. Dr. Raymondi is thorough and a great optometrist - both for regular eye exams and also emergency eye care (I've required both). His staff is kind, welcoming and accomodating. They ensure their patients receive the utmost service and care. They are willing to go the extra mile. I've been experiencing blurred vision recently, and Dr. Raymondi took the time to go through an exercise over the phone with me using a Google eye chart so he could better assess the urgency of my situation, and then ensured I am able to come get an appointment at a time convenient to my schedule. These days it can be hard to find doctors that you can trust to always provide excellent care. Dr. Raymondi is the optometrist who exemplifies what good eye care should look like and that is the reason I'm now willing to travel several hundred miles to continue to have my vision in his hands.

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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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