Glaucoma Treatment in Knoxville

Glaucoma Treatment in Knoxville

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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. The Eye Group - Chapman Highway 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 The Eye Group - Chapman Highway, 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 The Eye Group - Chapman Highway in Knoxville 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 Knoxville

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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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- Feb. 04, 2024
Super fast and efficient
- Jan. 31, 2024
Very personable and professional.
- Jan. 31, 2024
The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The facility is clean and professional. Everyone in the off... ice was so gracious about my baby being with me. I was given good information for my future visits, and here's the big thing... DOCTOR CROSS LISTENED TO MY NEEDS AND CONCERNS!!!!! I would recommend this practice to anyone in the Knoxville area, not just South Knox Co.
- Nov. 29, 2023
Everyone was pleasant - no pressure to buy XYZ, Dr was very easy going - nothing to complain about. ... Thanks!
- Nov. 22, 2023
Completely satisfied with my experience here. Staff was friendly and more than competent. Chose th... e Eye Group based on all the positive reviews after my previous optometrist dropped my insurance carrier and glad they did. The reviews were accurate and Dr. Cross is outstanding.
- Nov. 09, 2023
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- Nov. 09, 2023
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- Nov. 03, 2023
Great team. Easy visits.
- Oct. 13, 2023
Excellent, helpful staff. Finally got a good prescription after changing from another eye care offic... e.
- Oct. 12, 2023
My son loves his new glasses! The optometrist was great with him and I will 100% be back. Incredible... place in an odd spot. Prepare to be shocked that such an awesome place is in such a non-descript area. Google them and Go There. Everyone was just so nice and helpful. I honestly don't think I could be persuaded to go anywhere else. P.S. The prices are Great!
- Sep. 25, 2023
I have been going here for many years. Dr. Dorian Lane is the best I've encountered anywhere. He is ... extremely thorough to give the best experience and results for eyesight. He corrected a bad prescription for me where I could not see well and I left seeing crystal clear. I would highly recommend this establishment to anyone.
- Sep. 15, 2023
Great service. Just wish my insurance paid more.
- Sep. 10, 2023
It always pleasant, Dr lain is great!
- Sep. 01, 2023
Great experience and very accommodating.
- Aug. 24, 2023
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- Aug. 14, 2023
Dr Cross is a great doctor. He explained the problem with my eyes better than any other doctor I’v... e ever seen. Everyone was so nice and friendly. The whole process was very pleasant.
- Aug. 13, 2023
They were fast, friendly, and professional. I am so glad Ive chosen them as my optometry office!
- Aug. 12, 2023
Very pleasant and professional experience. I can’t say enough good to say how much we enjoyed Dr. ... Cross! On a scale of 1 to 10, I give the Eye Group- South Office 💯! Also the ladies that helped us with our glasses also get 💯!
- Jul. 25, 2023
This was my first eye exam with the Eye Group. I am glad I changed my eye care provider. Dr. Combs w... as able to detect an issue that has bothered me for years that my previous provider ignored. I had a pleasant experience from the greeting when I arrived until the walk out the door. I highly recommend The Eye Group.
- Jul. 16, 2023
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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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