Glaucoma Treatment in Southwest Houston

Glaucoma Treatment in Southwest Houston

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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. Memorial Eye Center - Meyerland 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.

Getting routine eye exams is crucial, as they can check for any eye diseases that may be lurking under the surface to prevent any problems from arising by catching them early on.

At Memorial Eye Center - Meyerland, 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 Memorial Eye Center - Meyerland in Southwest Houston 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 Southwest Houston

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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 IOT 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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- Oct. 28, 2022
Definitely recommended! The staff is really nice and Dr. Wong is super knowledgeable.
- Oct. 26, 2022
Dr. Wong was great!
- Oct. 23, 2022
very friendly & professional with expertise I can depend on
- Sep. 22, 2022
I visited yesterday for an OCT test. Dr. Wong patiently explained to me the results in details. She ... Show Morehas been my optometrist for many years and she has been very friendly and considerate. Both doctor and staffs treated me friendly and with respect.
- Aug. 07, 2022
Memorial Eye Center staffs were friendly, helpful.
- Apr. 18, 2022
If I can give them 10 stars, I would. Great service from every single person at that place. Harold, ... Show MoreGina, and Dr. Zaibak stand out. Everyone is very willing to help and extremely responsive. The quality of their glasses is great, price are good and the store is very clean and well maintained. I’ll always recommend this place!
- Apr. 10, 2022
My experience has always been great. Dr Zaibaq always takes his time and explains everything in an u... Show Morenderstanding manner. I always enjoy talking to him. He has been my Optometrist for 15 years and he is just awesome!
- Jan. 20, 2022
The staff is great, when you need to talk to someone, there is always someone available. Everyone kn... Show Moreows their stuff.
- Dec. 20, 2021
Friendly, professional, and fast service!! Dr. Wong is wonderful as is the rest of the staff. I love... Show More my new progressives and my cool, new sunglasses!
- Dec. 17, 2021
Dr. Zaibaq is an extremely thorough and thoughtful Optometrist. I highly recommend him.
- Nov. 18, 2020
Been coming here for years, Dr.Zaibaq has always been very professional and helpful. Especially in C... Show Moreorona times Dr.Zaibaq came in clutch. I've since gotten checked up with Dr.Wong for the last 3 years and have never been happier with the level of service and prescriptions.
- Oct. 22, 2018
Dr. Wong was very professional and answered all my questions. She was very patient and let me try on... Show More many different brands of contacts until I found one I liked. Any issues I had were immediately fixed. When I told her one eye did not see as clearly as the other, she took me back to the room, ran some tests, and was quickly able to make the adjustment. The lady fitting glasses is very good too. I have a high prescription so the lenses are quite heavy. It took several visits to find a light enough frame and adjust it so that it wouldn't press down on my nose. The lady was very patient and made sure I was comfortable with my glasses. I know some other places the staff would be lazy to adjust the glasses and tell the customer to go somewhere else, but the people here are very responsible, patient, and skillful at adjusting glasses. I was getting both contacts and glasses, but I could only use my insurance for either frames or contacts but not both. Dr. Wong and other staff wrote down all the pricings for me, whether I get monthly or daily contacts, whether I get year supply, half year, 3 months, whether I use my insurance for frames or contacts, how much I pay after insurance and rebates, etc. It was hard to make a decision at first, but Dr. Wong and staff neatly wrote down all the pricings and helped me find the most cost-effective option. Anyways, the people here are very professional and I recommend this place to everyone.
- Nov. 18, 2016
I'm thoroughly satisfied with my service. From the online appointment setup and verification to the ... Show Moretotal eye examination.
- Nov. 16, 2016
The front desk employees are very nice. I have been going here for years and couldn't be happier wit... Show Moreh everyone working there. Cynthia is especially helpful when ever I go there. The selection of frames is extensive. Dr "Z" is very patient and caring. I would definitely recommend Eye Trends Myerland.
- Jul. 26, 2016
Dr. Zaibaq fits me so well with contact lenses that sometimes I forget that I have them on. Its inc... Show Moreredible! Dedicated to his patients and their eye health.
- Feb. 16, 2016
Dr. Zaibaq is absolutely the best. Wouldn't trust me eye exam with anybody else.
- Feb. 15, 2016
They were so nice and really helped me along the way. Had an insurance issue and they fixed it right... Show More away!!! I love eye trends
- Aug. 25, 2015
I have been coming to this place for years. I had my prescription and just needed to pick out frames... Show More. Memo was very helpful. He has such a pleasant attitude. He was very helpful with me picking my frames. This place has a wide variety of frames and are very trendy. Simply love this place. Memo is great. Highly recommended.
- Jul. 27, 2015
Dr. Zaibaq is extremely professional, thorough and knowledgeable. His priority goes beyond just gett... Show Moreing your eyeglass or contacts prescription right; his concern is in the overall health of your eyes. I highly recommend him and all the doctors at Eye Trends!
- Jul. 11, 2015
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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 as 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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