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McDonald Optical

Glaucoma

Mcdonald Optical

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions often caused by abnormally high pressure in the eye which damages the optic nerve. The optic nerve is key for turning light in the eye into images in the brain. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in patients over the age of 60 and is more common in older adults. There may be no warning signs for glaucoma as the effects are gradual. Because of this, a patient may not notice vision changes until it reaches an advanced stage.

Vision loss due to glaucoma cannot be recovered, so regular eye exams, which include eye pressure measurements, are important in older adults in order to catch and treat glaucoma early. Generally, patients with glaucoma require treatment for the rest of their life to slow or prevent blindness.

Symptoms of Glaucoma

There are several types of glaucoma, and specific symptoms depend on the type. Some examples of common symptoms include:

 

Open-angle glaucoma

·         Patchy spots in peripheral vision

·         Tunnel vision in advanced stages

 

Acute angle-closure glaucoma

·         Severe headaches

·         Eye pain

·         Blurred vision

·         Halos around light

·         Eye redness

       Acute angle-closure glaucoma is a medical emergency. Contact an eye doctor immediately if experiencing symptoms of acute angle-closure glaucoma.

Glaucoma Treatments

Treatment will depend on the patient and the type of glaucoma. Generally, glaucoma can be treated with eye drops, oral medication, or several types of surgery or laser therapy.

If left untreated, glaucoma will cause blindness. Even with treatment, about 15% of patients with glaucoma will become blind in at least one eye within 20 years of being diagnosed. Vision loss can be slowed or prevented if glaucoma is caught early and a treatment plan is developed immediately. 

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What Our Clients Say

“ALWAYS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE. Top notch service and high quality products evrey time I visit. Very clean and beautiful store downtown. I’m so glad to have found them when I moved to Iowa City.”

Thomas O.

“ALWAYS GREAT SERVICE. McDonald Optical takes care of customers as you would expect a local business, courteous and always willing to go the extra step to make customers happy.”

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“The support staff was very personable and took care of the billing in quick order. I feel both people that I dealth with did the ver ybest they could to take care of me. I was very happy with how everything was handled.”

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“The care you get at McDonald Optical is personal and thorough. I know I can trust them ot take care of me and my family’s eye care needs.”

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Our Values

Since 1956, we’ve set ourselves apart by offering customer services you can’t find anywhere else.  And to this day, we’re intent on delivering the best optical experience for you, both the one in the store, and the one you’ll carry with you every day after you leave.

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After 65 years of business, we've had time to learn—and time to learn how to learn. So let us put what we know to work for you and your family.

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Surprising and keeping our customers happy with new, innovative, and reasonable eye care and eye wear services is what we've been doing for a long, long time.

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