Glaucoma Treatment in Exton

Glaucoma Treatment in Exton

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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. Clompus Reto and Halscheid Vision - Exton 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.

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 Clompus Reto and Halscheid Vision - Exton, 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 Clompus Reto and Halscheid Vision - Exton in Exton 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.


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

Preserve Your Vision For Longer

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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- Jun. 20, 2024
Highly recommend! Dr. Penney and staff were excellent!
- Jun. 12, 2024
Everyone at Clompus Reto and Halscheid is kind, friendly and knowledgeable. For everything from sche... duling to exams to choosing the right glasses - you're in good hands!
- May. 25, 2024
Great experience, service, and all in a timely fashion.
- Aug. 25, 2023
I never met someone as patient as Sam- he helped my Daughter get contacts in and learn how to use th... em. He is very very kind and great with kids !!! I drove far to come here and I’m so happy I did - totally worth it. Dr. Lehman was wonderful too!
- Mar. 01, 2023
Good service and nice patient clerk!
- Oct. 18, 2022
SO GOOD WITH KIDS!!!! Better even than the eye doctor at CHOP.
- Oct. 02, 2021
Dr. Reto and the entire staff were personable and professional in all their interactions with client... s and each other.
- Aug. 25, 2021
Front desk staff are polite and helpful. Dr. Halscheid is an excellent provider of eye care. He is ... professional, thorough, patient with any questions and so kind. Dale always helps me with issues with my glasses. She adjusted my progressive lens and today they are working better. Dr. Sherman recently took care of my husband in an emergency injury situation. She gave him excellent care and he recovered in 24 hours. I love this practice and have been going there for over 10 years. I would recommend anyone who needs eye care to go to Clompus and Reto in Exton or West Chester.
- Aug. 20, 2021
A day ago I called the office for an appointment and spoke with Wendy who told me she would try to f... it me in for an appointment as I had some discomfort in my eye and was getting concerned it was something serious. She lady fit me in the next evening as the last appointment for the day. Well I just wanted to thank Dr. Sherman for conducting a mini surgery on my eye tonight. No one wants to go to the eye doctor and hear you have a small metal object in your eye. I was very surprised and concerned when she told me the news. She followed promptly by saying “ But we are going to remove it right now.” Not what I was expecting but I have complete trust in Clompus, Reto & Halscheid Vision Associates. I have been a patient of Dr Reto’s for 35 years and of Dr. Clompus before that. If Dr.Sherman says we are going to take it out-it’s coming out! The procedure was done extremely well with the thorough explanations I have come to expect from every one of the Doctors who I have seen here. Dr. Sherman was amazing and I am writing to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for her professional skills and thorough examination after to make sure all was ok. I am fortunate to have such a practice in my neighborhood. I have had laser eye surgery to correct my vision through this practice which changed my life. Every person in my family from my grandmother to my children have been patients here. There is no one I would trust more with than Clompus, Reto & Halscheid Vision Associates with my sight. No one. Thanks Dr. Sherman. Thanks very much.
- Aug. 19, 2021
Wonderful experience as always!
- Aug. 11, 2021
Had an emergency eye issue and they made accommodations for me right away. Much appreciated!
- Jul. 16, 2021
Warm, friendly and knowledgeable staff and physicians.
- Jul. 15, 2021
wonderful office layout, well staffed, friendly people, and competent with vision
- Jun. 14, 2021
Dr. Lehman is just great. He is always responsive to my needs and helping me tweak the very best op... tions for my changing vision each year that I meet with him. I highly recommend him!
- May. 04, 2021
Very great full to be seen the same day for my eye issue. As always, the staff was very professiona... l and accommodating. Thanks again for a job well done.
- Apr. 23, 2021
I have been seeing Dr. Reto for years. His staff is friendly and attentive. Dr. Reto is very persona... ble and is always willing to listen to my concerns. I highly recommend this practice.
- Apr. 16, 2021
All went very well and everyone was friendly and professional.
- Mar. 17, 2021
Everyone is so friendly and helpful with picking out glasses.
- Mar. 11, 2021
Dr. Reto is amazing! I injured my eye in a freak accident and he saw me immediately and every day af... ter to ensure it healed properly. They are so wonderful!!
- Jan. 22, 2021
Appointment related to concern over an issue potentially secondary to a previous concern. Had a mi... nimal wait, diagnostic testing and exam done, and out of office in about one hour. Staff is always courteous and professional.

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Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment in Exton

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  • Tuesday 12:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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