Glaucoma Treatment in North Plano

Glaucoma Treatment in North Plano

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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. EyeCare Texas 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 EyeCare Texas, 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 EyeCare Texas in North Plano 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 North Plano

Our optometry practice in North Plano

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday Closed
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross
  • MetLife

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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- May. 19, 2023
I've been a patient of Dr Wilhelmus for about 20 years. This is the best eyecare on the planet. It ... doesn't get any better, trust me. I wear Gas Permiable lens due to astigmatism. My sight is always clear. I absolutely love Dr Wilhelmus and his staff. Thank you for taking care of my eyes.
- Feb. 23, 2023
This was my second time to visit "EyeCare Texas" and like the first time the staff was friendly and ... gave first class care and service. Dr. Wilhelmus is amazing. He takes the time to explain things and he is professional and extremely knowledgeable. You can tell he cares for his patients and enjoys doing what he does. I can't remember the young lady's name that help me pick out my glasses, but she was awesome. I would recommend anyone to try "EyeCare Texas".
- Dec. 05, 2022
As always, Dr Lu is excellent. Great and caring MD
- Oct. 31, 2022
Walk-in in the morning, staff are all nice, did not wait long to got to the doctor. Dr. Don was so n... ice and sweet, he gave me a big relieve from my eyeball scartch from my bunny(i know....), he explained to me very patiently and was very professional, told me this is no big deal my eye should heal it itself in 2 days. I already feel better after visting him😊 Such a great experience!
- Sep. 26, 2022
Dr. Lee was thorough, great listener, asked great questions, provided the drops and prescription tha... t addressed my issue, very professional. Also I had an excellent experience with the front desk as well.
- Jul. 10, 2022
If you know, you know… Dr. Wilhelmus is so great! He gets to know his patients and is always so po... sitive. I hope he never retires. He has a front desk agent that has been there forever and also the frame fitting guy has been there since the old location. Just goes to show… if you’re doing something right, why fix it?! Love Eye Care Texas and will forever be a Dr. Wihelmus fan. -Matthew Pickett’s daughter, Caroline
- May. 27, 2022
I have been in several times and I wanted to rave about Lindsey. She is so patient, helpful and know... ledgeable. Truly a treasure and so much fun to work with. She has a keen sense of what works for your face. The staff is wonderful and helps maximize your benefits.
- May. 22, 2022
Excellent service! So appreciative of the contacts for my daughter:)
- Mar. 02, 2022
I met with Dr. Wilhelmus for a basic eye checkup and he was extremely friendly and knowledgeable thr... oughout. He answered all of my questions and I couldn't have asked for a better doctor.
- Feb. 17, 2022
Dr. Wilhelmus is hands down the best eye doctor we’ve ever seen. Whole office is friendly, helpful... , prompt and patient. They even did great with my young preschooler getting checked out with my husband and I. Very thorough, knowledgeable and all around great care. Def recommend!
- Feb. 01, 2022
Excellent, same day glasses. Bart is awesome.
- Dec. 03, 2021
I love wearing my contacts Don Wilhelmus is a good eye doctor he is patient and efficient and the st... aff is great also
- Aug. 17, 2021
Dr. Wilhelmus is professional, friendly and great doctor. I've been a patient for 20 plus years. ... Never had an issue and staff is amazing and it is not a revolving door.
- May. 31, 2021
Dr. David Lu Is an excellent eye doctor. He takes the time to listen and explains everything. I high... ly recommend him. My whole family sees him.
- Mar. 07, 2021
I've been a patient of Dr Wilhelmus for 30 years. I have followed his practice from Garland to two d... ifferent offices in Plano while myself living in 5 different cities. I have always come back to him because I trust him that much. He's an excellent, caring doctor!
- Feb. 13, 2021
Dr. Wilhelmus is one of the nicest doctors you could ever meet. His daughter at the front desk is ve... ry nice and personable as well. The other front staff although I do not deal with them much are always happy to great you when you come in. The lady that helps you with the glasses, is always super nice and helpful. I would recommend this practice to anyone.
- Jan. 16, 2021
Dr Lu was Awesome.It is very refreshing to have a Doctor to take time to explain exam and answer my ... questions . Dr Lu shows he cares and staff was pleasant
- Jan. 09, 2021
Dr. David Lu is great. He is treating me for an adverse reaction to medication that has affected my ... left eye. I’ll keep this updated on the outcome.
- Sep. 06, 2020
I have been a long time patient of Dr.Wilhelmus. His knowledge, expertise and character is impeccabl... e. I have severe low vision as many of his patients. His staff has remained consistent year after year. You know if a business can retain their staff members they are doing something right. Bart & Brenda are experts in their fields. I ask a lot of questions and they never seem irritated or short with me. The office is usually busy with good reason. These people offer top self service.
- Jun. 25, 2020
Excellent ophthalmologist, commitment , professional, good staff, takes time for patient.

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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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