Glaucoma Treatment in Holly Springs

Glaucoma Treatment in Holly Springs

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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. Carolina Family Vision 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 Carolina Family Vision, 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 Carolina Family Vision in Holly Springs 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 Holly Springs

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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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- Nov. 17, 2023
I had a great experience with Dr. Ruvina Ravasignhe, O.D. . She took the time to answer all my quest... ions regarding my vision changes. Nicole at the front desk is just fabulous and was able to answer all my questions about insurance as well as assisting with setting up my daughter's appointment. I am so happy I switched to this providers.
- Nov. 14, 2023
Dr Sawyer is kind, helpful and thoughtful. He is thorough and takes time to educate you. Highly reco... mmend if you suffer from dry eye or Sjogrens. The staff is always super sweet, too.
- Oct. 13, 2023
I cannot say enough wonderful things about my experience at Carolina Family Vision today! After hav... ing a difficult experience at another optometrist I needed a second opinion. A friend recommended Carolina Family Vision. I got in the same day and was greeted by the front desk with awesome friendly help and did not have to wait at all. Dr. Naik and office manager Denise Jones went the extra mile to make sure I was comfortable in my new contacts. I have found my new vision center home.
- Sep. 20, 2023
I hadn't been to an optometrist in quite a few years and needed a new prescription. Everyone on the ... team was friendly, and I felt like they all took the time to listen.
- Apr. 13, 2023
Love the gals over at Carolina Vision! Súper increíble service, personable and efficient! I love... Dr. Naik, Shaun, Denise & Cass….great customer service!!
- Apr. 07, 2023
Just had my annual exam there today. Dr. Naik was amazing!!!! Loved their selection of glasses and a... ll the help from Denise. Thank you!!!!
- Mar. 31, 2023
Excellent service no surprises been going for years whole family goes never a bad experience
- Mar. 30, 2023
Great new doc, this year. Friendly, informative, and knowledgeable! Front house staff also amazing a... nd helpful and friendly!
- Mar. 29, 2023
Excellent prompt service from a professional staff. A very pleasant experience.
- Mar. 28, 2023
Great experience, very knowledgeable & explained everything. Great staff!
- Mar. 14, 2023
I appreciate the staff working me in to their schedule today to check out my eye that I was having i... ssues with. Everyone was friendly and professional! I was in and out quickly and had answers and a solution to help my eye get better! Thanks to everyone at Carolina Family Vision !
- Mar. 13, 2023
Fast. Thorough. Polite. Great selection of frames.
- Mar. 08, 2023
The doctors and staff at Carolina Family Vision are awesome! They listen to you and do their very be... st to make your experience with them pleasurable and beneficial. They go above and beyond for their patients! I am. Denise Jones, the office manager, deserves kudos for the way she bends over backwards for patients!
- Mar. 02, 2023
Doctor and staff very professional and patient. They explain each step as they go making your visit... go smoothly. Absolutely recommend them.
- Mar. 01, 2023
Hello, I stopped by to pick up my glasses today and the young lady was very very nice and gave me he... r complete attention and did all she could do to solve the issue with my glasses. Sorry I didn't catch her name but she knows who she is. Lol Everyone there has been nice as well. Thanks to all, Danny C.
- Feb. 28, 2023
Everybody was super, supernice. They treated you like a person, not a number. The staff is extreme... ly nice and informative from start to finish. I have never had such a wonderful experience at the eye doctor as I did today. Actually can't wait until I see them again.
- Feb. 28, 2023
My Granddaughter said that you were great ;very professional! Carolina family Vision rocks!!!
- Feb. 25, 2023
I moved to the area a year and a half ago and needed to find a new eye doctor. I took a chance and m... ade an appointment at Carolina Family Vision and saw Dr. Will Sawyer last August. I couldn’t ask for a better eye doctor! I have had issues with my vision for about 10 years but no one was able to tell me what it was or why until I met Dr. Sawyer. I also have very dry eyes and thought it was just something I had to live with but I’ve learned that I have treatment options. Dr. Sawyer and the amazing staff at Carolina Family Vision are all so friendly and kind and I’m so glad I found them. I wish I knew the names of the girls at the front desk because they are awesome! One lovely girl in particular always greats me by name and it’s the little things like that that mean so much! Thank you!
- Feb. 17, 2023
Absolutely incredible! Fed up with my current contacts and having been five years since an exam I de... cided at the last minute to go get checked and order some more eyewear. Walking in at 1PM the Carolina family vision team still got me in despite closing at 2PM! Extra thanks to the office manager for taking the time to help me and additional mention to the Dr. for removing debris from my eye that had been imbedded for who knows how long... 😳 One more loyal customer added to the list. No need to look for another place!
- Feb. 14, 2023
Dr Sawyer and the entire office staff is amazing!!

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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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