Glaucoma Treatment in Brentwood

Glaucoma Treatment in Brentwood

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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. Primary EyeCare - Brentwood. 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.

Preserve Your Vision For Longer

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 Primary EyeCare - Brentwood., 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 Primary EyeCare - Brentwood. in Brentwood 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 Brentwood

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Hours
  • Monday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Thursday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Friday 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
  • May. 27 Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • 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
Patient Reviews
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- Apr. 09, 2024
Dr. Engle and the rest of the staff at Primary EyeCare in Brentwood are amazing. Always helpful, fri... endly and knowledgeable. They are happy to take the time to answer any questions and make sure you are comfortable with the exams and testing.
- Apr. 08, 2024
Highly recommend! I had my appointment with Jessica Ditto and she was amazing!
- Mar. 12, 2024
I'd been going to America's Best for years but in the last year, I was never happy with my vision. I... 'd have to take glasses off to talk to someone, but put them on to see far. It was frustrating. A friend recommended Primary EyeCare and I made an appt online. Dr Martin spent so much time with me, explaining why my vision was getting wonky (I'm getting old) and she gave me a few options. After Lasik worked but my eyes had changed over time, I'd asked for contacts at another doc and they told me contacts would be too uncomfortable. Dr Martin suggested them herself and let me try a sample, also suggesting monovision. The ladies who helped with pretesting and choosing glasses/lenses are also stellar. I also liked their selection of frames and found a few options. I'm really happy with my optometrist change and feel I have more knowledge about my eyes and vision than I had before.
- Dec. 12, 2023
Out of all my experiences with the healthcare industry as a professional and a patient I cannot thin... k of a nicer person than Dr. Engle. Absolute champ and knowledgable. Thank for helping me out.
- Nov. 08, 2019
This is an enjoyable place to visit even if you’re going to the doctor :-). The doctors are quite ... capable and enjoyable people. The people that help you pick out glass frames are good at what they do and the ladies behind the front desk are also top notch!
- Nov. 07, 2019
I have severe case of dry eye and for years I could not wear contacts since I’ve been seeing Dr. p... ace my dry eyes have improved 99% and as of today I’m wearing contacts my eyes feel great. Love this place all of the doctors are great.
- Oct. 29, 2019
This is the best in vision care! I love going here and can rest assured I’m receiving the best car... e available in Nashville!!!
- Oct. 23, 2019
They are always first class. Dr Van Hoven diagnosed my diabetes before my primary doctor did.
- Oct. 22, 2019
I always have a great experience when I come to see Dr. Engel. The staff is very friendly, efficient... , and there are no lengthy wait times. Dr. Engel is interested in making sure I get the best care possible and right solutions for my eyesight and any issues I may have. He doesn’t just push the newest, most-expensive products. I appreciate the consideration!
- Oct. 09, 2019
Very grateful for all the love and care my 4 year old received.
- Oct. 07, 2019
Always friendly and feel taken care of!
- Oct. 07, 2019
Great staff throughout the practice. Great selection of frames.
- Oct. 02, 2019
Love them here! Dr. VanHoven and his staff always make us feel welcomed and cared for. I would ref... er anyone to them!
- Sep. 30, 2019
My experience at Primary Eye Care is always 100 percent rewarding. From the moment I enter all staff... members are professional and welcoming. Dr. Van Hoven is brilliant; the ultimate and best physician ever! He makes me feel right at home!
- Sep. 25, 2019
Another wonderful visit! Everyone is so friendly and helpful. I can't recommend this place enough.
- Sep. 24, 2019
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- Sep. 21, 2019
I appreciate y’all, especially your patience with trying to help me find a contact lens that fits ... my eye well!
- Sep. 19, 2019
Thorough exam and friendly employees. I will recommend this place to friends and family.
- Sep. 16, 2019
I have seen Dr Vanhoven for years. He is an amazing eye doctor and I will never ever see anyone else... . I recently had a eye concern that he referred me to be treated and bc of that the condition has been resolved; however he took the time to explain what it is and has also been excellent with explaining why my vision is changing, I’m 45 almost 46. He reassured me that this normal and is doing everything he can to “kick the can” as far as we can with lenses etc to ease me into the bi-focal world!! I highly recommend him as he is very patient d really takes the time to address any and all eye care concerns:)
- Sep. 13, 2019
I have loved Primary Eyecare Group of Brentwood from my very first visit there. The girls at the fro... nt are always so welcoming and helpful, and the girls in the back are efficient and knowledgeable. I have seen Dr. Van Hoven a couple of times and love his personality/bedside manner. I always enjoy seeing him for my annual eye exams. Recently, I was having some issues with my contacts and was quickly seen by Dr. Pace; she did an excellent job. She listened to me, was very thorough and we resolved the problem. My only problem now is...how can I choose between the two!? Regardless of who you see, you can not go wrong with this place, I recommend it to everyone!

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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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