Glaucoma Treatment in Creve Coeur Township

Glaucoma Treatment in Creve Coeur Township

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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. Crown Vision Center - City Place 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 Crown Vision Center - City Place, 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 Crown Vision Center - City Place in Creve Coeur Township 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 Creve Coeur Township

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

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. 09, 2024
I had an amazing experience with this location and Dr.woodard and his staff were so helpful!
- Feb. 02, 2024
So professional sabrina was nice she was very helpful
- Jan. 05, 2024
I've been a regular client at this Crown Optical location for over 15 years, consistently entrusting... my eye care to Dr. Woodyard. In every visit, Dr. Woodyard has displayed a high level of competence and patience, ensuring thorough and comfortable eye examinations. The team at the store complements this with their consistently helpful and friendly service.
- Dec. 12, 2023
Dr woodyard is the best. He is very patient and knowledgeable I would recommend him to anyone. He de... serves five plus Stars.
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- Aug. 31, 2023
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- Aug. 13, 2023
I always have great results, and they make sure that your vision is care for before you leave the of... fice.
- Jul. 28, 2023
Consistently excellent care at City Place Crown Vision. ALL the staff are fantastic - helpful, profe... ssional, polite, patient, and kind. My husband and I are both very impressed with the care we always receive at this location. Kudos to all of them!
- Jun. 16, 2023
Sara Stockhausen was the best! She got me in and out and was still able to get what I needed plus mo... re and educate me more on how to take care of my eyes that I've been having issues with. She didn't know that I was looking for a place since I left Clarkson. BUT My experience with her made me turn Crown Vision into my new home for glasses and contacts. Thanks Sara
- Jun. 04, 2023
This location is awesome, everyone from the Dr to the staff was so friendly and helpful. They were... all so patient with my Daughter and I. This was my 1st visit, but I'll definitely be back.
- May. 16, 2023
This is a very great place to go. Staff was wonderful and helpful and the conversation with them ver... y funny and uplifting.
- May. 07, 2023
We are grateful to Dr Woodyard for accommodating us in his busy schedule when our daughter needed im... mediate medical attention due to corneal abrasion. His treatment helped the recovering faster and also painless.
- Apr. 29, 2023
Claire and Dr. Woodyard are great professionals. I had the extra exam done because of a floater. Dr.... Woodyard was polite and informative. Wrote a plan of care and scheduled a follow up appointment in a couple of months. Claire is a saint. Told me my insurance allowance before I even started looking. She even took pictures of me in each pair. Great store! Great Staff. Great selection of designers frames and inexpensive, but trendy looking frames.
- Apr. 17, 2023
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- Apr. 04, 2023
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- Feb. 10, 2023
Dr Woodyard took his time explaining my test results. I didn’t feel like I was being rushed in and... out. The staff was very friendly.
- Jan. 16, 2023
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- Jan. 10, 2023
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- Jan. 10, 2023
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- Jan. 08, 2023
Dr. Woodyard is awesome and the staff is too, I'm very happy at this location for my eye care.

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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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