Glaucoma Treatment in Fond du Lac

Glaucoma Treatment in Fond du Lac

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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. Family Focus 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 Family Focus 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 Family Focus EyeCare in Fond du Lac 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 Fond du Lac

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Spectera
  • Humana
  • Anthem
  • National Vision Administration (NVA)
  • EyeMed
  • UMR
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross
  • Metlife
  • WPS Health Insurance

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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- May. 11, 2023
They were on time with our appointments. The staff was very thorough, friendly and helpful.
- May. 03, 2023
Great service and friendly staff
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Great people and very knowledgeable staff.
- Apr. 28, 2023
Always great service and attention to detail and care for my eyes.
- Apr. 18, 2023
Although my visits are only once a year I enjoy the kind and uplifting atmosphere.
- Apr. 05, 2023
Always a pleasure going in for an exam with, Dr Jessica Kulick and her team. Full of smiles and laug... hs. Thank you for your wonderful care of my eyes👀!
- Apr. 04, 2023
Family Focus is AMAZING!! I recommend them to everyone and won’t go anywhere else!
- Mar. 30, 2023
Always helpful, polite and professional. Clean rooms, floors, countertops, mirrors, etc. Excellent d... octor and staff.
- Mar. 30, 2023
Great group of people... my glasses broke and of all the optical places my wife and I traveled the F... ond du Lac area to see what could be done, Family Focus staff was interested and concerned about our/my needs. They took the time to see what could be done and gave guidance to the best process at the time. Our choices were very limited but they generally cared. After we left and were at a recommended jewelry shop to get my glasses temporarily fixed, the staff called the jeweler to advise of a cancelation and if I would like the opening and I wasn't even a registered patient....I am now. Even though there was not much that could have been done to assist at that moment the Family Focus made my wife and I feel like Family... Thank you so much for customer support and follow up, which is hard to come by today. We were blessed for stopping and our support and patronage is theirs.
- Mar. 24, 2023
Eye exam went great. No waiting and great service. Thank you and see you in a year.
- Mar. 23, 2023
Always do a great job!
- Mar. 23, 2023
Always friendly and thorough.
- Mar. 22, 2023
The Dr is thorough with my exams every year and is pleasant to talk with. All the workers are always... wearing a smile and willing to help out anyway they can. I will never go anywhere else.
- Mar. 21, 2023
Wow, everybody here tonight did amazing job. 👏 Angi thank you so much for helping my son. You pu... t a smile on his face.
- Mar. 17, 2023
Staff is Always friendly, professional, and willing to assist. Also love Dr. Jessica
- Mar. 16, 2023
Love the Dr Courtney, she is super nice and great with kids and she explains things very well. And ... the front end tech are super nice. WAY TO GO!
- Mar. 08, 2023
Always a good experience at Family Focus. I have a stronger prescription and it is harder to find a ... clinic that is knowledgeable about my options and also gives good advice and looks at my total eye health. I highly recommend the team here.
- Mar. 08, 2023
Service was amazing. Very friendly and informative. Would recommend to others.
- Mar. 02, 2023
We had such a great experience at Family Focus! My little guy is very unsure of people much less doc... tors and they worked so well with him. There were a couple tears at first but they went away quickly. The way Dr. Grant and the staff made him feel comfortable was awesome and they were able to get what they needed to figure out he will need corrective lenses. I would highly recommend them.
- Mar. 01, 2023
Always wonderful staff greeted kindly and helped fantastically,in all areas. Great service.

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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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