Glaucoma Treatment in Swampscott

Glaucoma Treatment in Swampscott

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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. Advanced 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.

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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 Advanced 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 Advanced Vision Center in Swampscott 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 Swampscott

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
    2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
    2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
    2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
    2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
    2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • Davis Vision
  • VSP
  • EyeMed
  • BCBS Federal Employee Program
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Health Plans Inc
  • Spectera
  • United Healthcare
  • Unicare
  • Tricare
  • Cigna
  • Aetna

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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- Mar. 16, 2024
I had a great experience getting a contact exam there recently and getting glasses on another occasi... on. All staff is very nice and the ophthalmologist was very knowledgeable and super nice. I highly recommend. Convenient location inside Vinnin Square Plaza.
- Mar. 11, 2024
Advanced Vision is fantastic! From the staff to the doctor - they make you feel comfortable and at ... ease. They are always happy to help. I’ve been going to Advanced Vision for a while now and each visit has been exceptional. I highly recommend Advanced Vision!
- Aug. 26, 2023
I was very impressed with the professionalism and care I experienced at Advanced Vision Center by J... ordan and Dr. Hernandez, as well as the other staff members who helped me at my appointment. I had requested a visit online, and thankfully, I was able to be seen within a few weeks. All my communication with Jordan was so easy, kind, and professional. I was incredibly nervous about this appointment, and I felt put at ease immediately upon entering the office. Dr. Hernandez and her staff were non-judgmental and explained all the tests and procedures, as well as next steps, kindly and confidently. They followed up with me the next day to ensure I was doing ok and helped me arrange a future appointment for further care. I am so glad I chose this practice for my care, and I will absolutely recommend them to anyone that is looking for a wonderful place to receive care for any optical needs!
- Aug. 09, 2023
Good optometrists. Well managed. Good frame selection.
- Jun. 22, 2023
Always had a positive experience. My family and I have been going to this place for 10-plus years. ... The doctor takes her time to explain the test results. Jordan, at the front desk, is so courteous and responsive with making/changing appoimments. They also have great frame selections.
- May. 18, 2023
We are so happy we found Advanced Vision Center! Anastasiya was great and took the time to help us t... ry so many pairs of frames on. She also spent the time looking to see if they came in other colors for us. We will definitely be back next year.
- Feb. 15, 2023
Both professional and fun environment 🙂 Sheri is the best!
- Jan. 26, 2023
Have had lukewarm or bad experiences at other,larger vision providers on the north shore.This was su... ch a great experience from the professional,knowledgeable nature of the entire staff to the warm,friendly feeling that you get as soon as you walk in the door.Advanced Vision will be my only choice for an optometrist. I would give 6 stars if that was an option.
- Dec. 29, 2022
The staff is very professional and caring. Love the Doctor she’s the best! I highly recommend th... is location.
- Dec. 22, 2022
All of the staff were incredible. I highly recommend them. The staff were able to modify their appro... ach for a patient with communication challenges beautifully.
- Dec. 20, 2022
Fast, easy, and very accepting of my service animal and my need for my noise cancelling headphones. ... Very accommodating, very polite.
- Dec. 17, 2022
Always pleasant staff and Dr Katz is the best!
- Dec. 15, 2022
Great eye doctor. They were able to squeeze me in within a days notice, Jordan was so quick to respo... nd. Dr. Mathias had a great personality for working with people and was very caring. I felt like she took the time to really be present during my appointment. I did not feel rushed like I do at most places. Getting new lenses for my frames was also very easy and quick! I don’t remember everyone’s names but all the staff were so helpful! The optomap option was so easy and quick. I would recommend this place to anyone.
- Dec. 09, 2022
The place is amazing. I actually had a great time. Thanks to Mary, Jordan, and sherri!
- Nov. 29, 2022
11/29/2022 Dr. Mathias is the best! With her blink twice before each reading request, her patience,... encouraging "excellent ", and explanation. I advise all ages to make their appointments here as I have done for years.
- Nov. 22, 2022
Everyone at AVC is wonderful. All very professional patient and kind.
- Nov. 19, 2022
My daughter and I both had an amazing experience at Advanced Vision Center today. The staff were all... so warm,friendly and attentive especially the woman at the check in desk. I don’t remember her name but her title is patient coordinator. She was amazing with my daughter! She helped my daughter pick out glasses and made it very easy for me 🙂 I would most definitely recommend this place to anyone.
- Nov. 10, 2022
Excellent Anastasia showed great customer service The doctor was great Very happy with the service!... !!!
- Nov. 03, 2022
Very welcoming and knowledgeable staff. Great experience!
- Nov. 02, 2022
Super nice, thorough. Will be coming back for my vision needs.

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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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