Glaucoma Treatment in The Uplands

Glaucoma Treatment in The Uplands

Don’t Let Glaucoma Rob You of Your Sight

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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. Bee Cave Vision Center 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 Bee Cave Vision Center, 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 Bee Cave Vision Center in The Uplands 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 The Uplands

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • 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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- Nov. 03, 2022
Unbelievable customer service experience yesterday at the Bee Cave Vision Center. Went in for a new... frame replacement. Served while I waited by a courteous and professional staff. Special shout out to the optician, Gail. Gail, if you need a Green Card, I'll marry you so you can stay in the country. This store should be the model for every retailer in the country.
- Apr. 15, 2022
My daughter and I were seen almost in unison, the staff and Dr were so great. Highly recommend.
- Apr. 12, 2022
Friendly, efficient, professional. Extra stars for being patient when I was late for my first visit ... because google maps steered me wrong
- Apr. 04, 2022
Very professional and friendly! They make the visit quite enjoyable.
- Mar. 31, 2022
The website is great, the staff are super friendly and accommodating and Dr. Nelson was thorough and... delightful. The office is beautiful with great parking and it's easy to find. Everything was top notch. I was able to make an appointment online which was fantastic since I was in another country with a 7 hour time difference. I will be returning for future appointments!
- Mar. 15, 2022
I went to the Dripping Springs location. The staff was friendly and efficient. The doctor took her... time to really make sure I was getting what I needed from the visit. It's nice to have a place for my eye care.
- Mar. 14, 2022
They’re so helpful and friendly and they have the latest equipment so your exam is very thorough. ... Dr Dobson is the best!
- Mar. 11, 2022
Friendly, helpful and professional group. Very good experience here.
- Feb. 25, 2022
The Best Eye doctor in Dripping Springs. The office staff is amazing and the doctors take the time ... and care to explain everything. My family loves everything about this office.
- Feb. 17, 2022
Love going here and getting my glasses adjusted so I can see properly. From Dr Dobson to the staff t... hey are top notch with your prescription to fitting you for frames that work! Always leave there smiling.
- Feb. 08, 2022
My daughter is 5 and everyone at BCVC is so great to her. We have been seeing Dr. Dobson for about 3... years. Highly recommend for anyone - adults & children!
- Jan. 25, 2022
Best ever, would not use anyone else!
- Jan. 25, 2022
Very nice office. The team there is wonderful and I had a great experience from start to finish. I�... �m looking forward to getting my new glasses and will definitely go back for my annual exams.
- Jan. 21, 2022
Always a fantastic experience. Staff is very nice and helps in any way. Dr. Dobson is an excellent E... ye Doctor. I would refer any of my friends to them.
- Jan. 20, 2022
Everyone in the office is so friendly and helpful. Dr. Dobson is an awesome doctor and someone I tr... ust to care for my eye health as well as eye sight.
- Jan. 14, 2022
Very clean and modern environment. Welcoming bunch of folks. Professional atmosphere and all of the ... latest tech. Made me feel welcome and taken care of, great service!
- Jan. 12, 2022
I was long overdue for an eye exam and stumbled upon BCVC by accident. Not only was I able to get an... appointment on the same day, but everyone was so wonderful and kind! The overall environment was very calm and pleasant as well. Such a fantastic experience 🙂 Thank you!
- Jan. 10, 2022
Staff was courteous and professional. Dr Dobson was very thorough and was easy to talk to. I felt ... confident that I was receiving an excellent examination.
- Jan. 07, 2022
Staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Doctor was patient and answered all of my questions. I par... ticularly likes the thoroughness of everyone's explanations. I will be returning to purchase glasses.
- Jan. 06, 2022
Dr Dobson and his staff were wonderful!! Highly recommend.

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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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