Glaucoma Treatment in Reston

Glaucoma Treatment in Reston

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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. The Eyewear Gallery at Reston Town 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.

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 The Eyewear Gallery at Reston Town 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 The Eyewear Gallery at Reston Town Center in Reston 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.


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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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.

Patient Reviews
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- May. 09, 2024
I had a bit of an issue with a screw coming out of my frames last night. I came to this store today... based on the reviews I saw here and I was not dissapointed. The staff was very friendly and my main man Fred fixed my frames in about 5 minutes. Top notch place. Highly recommend!
- Apr. 18, 2024
Great selection of high quality eyewear, and Jackie was super kind and patient in helping me adjust ... a pair of my sunglasses that had a bent frame. Would 100% recommend coming here for all your optical needs.
- Dec. 27, 2023
Great experience at this lovely little shop. I was 100% that customer who takes forever to pick a fr... ame and worries about every penny spent...AND didn't have an appointment (🤭)..but Jackie and Casey were generous with knowledge, super patient and wonderfully charming despite me taking an embarassingly long time to choose (there were so many cute pairs-- shockingly in my price range). I finally found the perfect pair when all was said and done and felt so great about it. In this economy you wanna feel good when you have to make significant purchases-- I'm so glad I chose this Reston gem for my prescription lenses today!
- Nov. 29, 2023
I went to the eyewear gallery for dry eye treatment. The OptiLight treatment has transformed the hea... lth of my eyes. Before the treatment I was using artificial tears all day every day, and now I've been able to stop medicated eye drops and hardly use tears. Dr. Gammon went the extra mile and treated my facial rosacea as well, which has significantly reduced my redness and flair up discomfort. I am so grateful that Dr. Gammon added this treatment to her practice. Really appreciate all that you guys do!
- Sep. 07, 2023
popped in for a quick repair of my frames - which were not purchased at Eyewear Gallery. Very oblig... ing, got the job done and would not take any money. Very happy and thank you Eyewear Gallery!!
- Sep. 01, 2023
I’m here from out of state & my frame got bent. I went in & they were able to fix them for at no c... harge & they were so nice!!
- Jul. 28, 2023
Absolutely incredible shop! They have a wide variety of options but most importantly their customer ... service is among the best I have ever experienced. Went in with a non-standard issue and they were able to get me exactly what I needed immediately. Highly recommend this shop to anyone looking for sunglasses or eyeglasses. Thank you!!
- Jul. 27, 2023
Had a truly incredible experience here solely due to Jackie. She made sure I was comfortable and end... ed up in the right pair for me, even as picky as I was! She provided excellent guidance and personal opinion, something vital in the glasses try on process. I will absolutely be back here and plan to switch to this office for my next eye exam because of how amazing the buying frames experience was!
- Jul. 22, 2023
Great service, amazing people! Specially Cinnamon who was friendly and welcoming. 👍👍 Would rea... lly recommend this place to everyone!!!
- Jul. 11, 2023
So very helpful!
- Jun. 29, 2023
Very helpful and fast repairs for my glasses, thank you ladies!
- Jun. 27, 2023
Wonderful selection of eyewear- very friendly, knowledgeable, & attentive staff!!! Very impressed.
- Jun. 14, 2023
The Eyewear Gallary helped me with the repair my glasses on the spot. Amy specifically was very help... ful! The customer service was friendly, welcoming and helpful. Highly recommend this store to others looking for glasses or optometrist exam!!
- Jun. 08, 2023
I worked with Jackie. She is highly professional, knowledgeable and very helpful. Everyone is profes... sional and very pleasant at the store. Glad I found this place. Thanks!
- Feb. 24, 2023
Absolutely amazing customer service. Went in to replace lenses on my sunglasses and the optometrist ... was very friendly and did the replacement within minutes. Highly recommend for fast and high quality service!
- Oct. 19, 2022
I was traveling and my glasses lost a screw. I was in and out in less than 5 minutes. The staff was ... all smiles and were glad to help.
- Sep. 01, 2022
Conveniently located near the RTC pavilion next to FedEx and directly across from North Italia resta... urant. The screws came out of my glasses so I called to see if they could help me. The receptionist said a technician was available immediately so I went right away. Jackie was friendly, extremely helpful and professional. She replaced the screws in 5 minutes, something I couldn't do at home and trust me I tried! This shop is all about customer service and has a wide variety of stylish and functional frames on display. There is an Optometrist on site for all of your needs. I wish every business were as friendly, courteous and professional as The Eyewear Gallery at Reston Town Center! 5 out of 5 stars for sure!
- Aug. 18, 2022
Came by for an adjustment fit for my new glasses that I purchased elsewhere and the woman (forgot to... get her name) that helped me was very friendly, nice, helpful and knowledgeable. The other two women there were nice and pleasant as well. The store itself has a great atmosphere and aesthetics. Highly recommended!
- Jul. 29, 2022
Jackie is very friendly, very knowledgeable, and very helpful!! I had spoken with her a couple of ti... mes over the phone before visiting The Eyewear Gallery. She is/was always very patient, and very kind with me answering all my questions. Today morning we visited her at the store and Wow!! Phenomenal service we received from her. My son was very happy to meet her. She has absolutely a great personality!! She was thorough during the whole process and spent as much as needed time without rushing us. After that I ended up calling her this afternoon as I was a little confused with one thing. Even though she was busy, she promptly assisted me to resolve my issue. Thank You so much Jackie for everything!! We truly Appreciate it!! Always a pleasant experience with you in-person/on phone!! Also the other staff I briefly talked with over the phone/in-person at this store were equally supportive and quick too!! Overall Great Assistance!! I'm glad I found YOU!! HIGHLY recommendation to this business !!
- Jul. 21, 2022
The staff were very welcoming & helpful! Helped me adjust my glasses promptly! Will return again! T... hank you!

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Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment in Reston

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Hours
  • Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
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