Glaucoma Treatment in Rochester

Glaucoma Treatment in Rochester

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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. Family Vision Center - Rochester 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 Family Vision Center - Rochester, 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 Family Vision Center - Rochester in Rochester 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 Rochester

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Hours
  • Monday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Anthem
  • Metlife
  • MVP Health Care
  • Excellus

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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- May. 25, 2024
I truly can’t say enough good things about Family Vision Center. Whether it be a routine eye exam ... or an eye emergency (and unfortunately I’ve had a couple of those over the past few years) they are kind, efficient and accommodating. Eye pain and vision problems are very stressful but the team here will make you feel at ease and cared for. The entire staff from the receptionist(s) to the doctors are exceptional. I highly recommend them! Thank you Family Vision Center!
- Feb. 06, 2024
Great people and very thorough exam! I recently went for another exam and again it was very thorough... . I had ordered new glasses and the woman said they would call when they were ready and I could just stop by to pick them up. Well I stopped by and the only person who could give me my glasses was out to lunch! They asked if I could wait 30 mins or so. I had no time to wait she said your best bet is to come after 2:00 so again I stopped by after 2:30 and she was out to lunch and again she said could you wait 25 minutes! I told the receptionist that this was very inconventient and left. I called that Thurdsay and left a voice mail to make an appt for Friday at 12:00 to pick up my glasses, no one returned my call. I called Monday and the receptionist said just stop in the women should be here, she might not go to lunch until 12:30 it just depends on when the manager goes to lunch! I said I really do not care about any of that, I said can I stop in between 12:00 and 12:15 today yes or no! She said yes I went and was there maybe 5 min The new womaen was very nice and efficent she fitted me with my glasses and I left. Do not drop in, make an appt to get fitted for your glasses! They really need to change this policy.
- Feb. 28, 2023
Dr Outenen (?) is phenomenal. He explained my eye issue in layman’s terms and prescribed the perfe... ct remedy. My eyes feel better already. Thank you Dr Guy for having the best team!
- Feb. 16, 2023
Good quality eye care has always been super important to me. Always striving to have the best possib... le vision possible. The exams at Family Vision Center are so thorough. The doctors and opticians will work with you individually and help you figure out what the best option is for you whether it be contacts, glasses or both! I have never seen this clearly before in my life, it’s great! Highly recommend Family Vision Center and all of its doctors for all of your eye care needs!
- Oct. 13, 2022
Dr. Guy is Great! & the staff is wonderful .Highly recommend going to this practice for all your Eye... needs 🙂
- May. 27, 2021
Warning: lengthy review! Before coming here, I saw the same eye doctor since I first got glasses in ... 2nd grade (I am 25 now). Although I loved my previous eye doctor, I decided to try a new office because I was treated poorly by the office staff there. I chose Dr. Guy based on the positive reviews on Google and I am so happy I did! The office staff is incredibly kind and helpful. Dr. Guy spent 2 hours with me at my first visit doing a complete glasses and contact exam plus dilation. I really felt like he did an extremely thorough exam and he patiently answered my questions and concerns. I was given two kinds of contacts to sample before choosing which ones I wanted. Then I worked with Valeriy to choose my glasses. I was willing to spend a high amount on these because I never buy full strength glasses due to my high prescription (-8.00 in both eyes). I always had trouble with minimizing facial distortion because my prescription is so awful, but Valeriy helped me choose the best frames and lenses to accommodate this issue (rounder frame and higher index digital lenses). For the first time in years I actually love how I look in glasses! Also, at my last office it used to take weeks for my glasses to come in because of the high prescription. Here, I got my glasses 5 days after picking them out and getting all the measurements done! My entire experience here was positive from start to finish and I am so happy I found them. Thank you all at Family Vision Center 🙂
- Apr. 12, 2021
The place was nice. All the employees were great and treated me very well. I recommend this place to... everyone. Thanks to all of them.
- Feb. 22, 2021
Highly recommend. From the time I stepped into the Family Vision Center to when I was done, the staf... f was very nice and accommodating. Helped answer any questions I had. It was my first time getting glasses and the entire process was smooth. If you want top notch service and unbeatable prices, this is the place to be.
- Dec. 08, 2020
Excellent Eye Dr., and a first rate experience. I was recommended to this practice by an experience... d optician. Dr. Guy and his staff really came through. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a real eye doctor in Rochester.
- Jan. 28, 2020
All three of my children see Dr Guy. He explained everything clearly and took his time with each kid... do. The follow up report we needed was very thorough. Extremely happy with our visits!
- Jan. 02, 2020
My 10 yo son got ortho-K lenses at Family Vision Center in the summer of 2019. Dr. Guy is very profe... ssional and kind - my son introduced Dr. Guy as "the nicest doctor ever" to his little sister. He has been doing very well with the lenses and taking good care of them, thanks to good teaching and close follow-ups with Dr. Guy. I am very satisfied with the result and service so far. I personally think the cost is reasonable given multiple follow-ups with numerous eye exams, always with Dr. Guy. I also like that the clinic appointment is almost always readily available and very quick. He had been initially referred to the other vision clinic by his ophthalmologist which was the only place the doctor knew prescribing ortho-K lenses . However the earliest appointment was 5 months far with that eye clinic. I looked up every eye clinic website in Rochester and called the clinics which introduces ortho-K lenses on their homepage. I got to know FVC with the 4th or 5th call and made an appointment in 1 week. It is such a huge gap in waiting time almost made me feel dumb and unreal. FVC is probably one of the very few places in Rochester which serves ortho-K lenses now. I strongly recommend here if you're interested in the ortho-K lenses.
- Dec. 12, 2019
Very good service, keep it up. Thank you.
- Dec. 04, 2019
I visited this practice to follow up on how an old retina injury and get new classes. Everything was... very professional from the exam to receiving the glasses. Will be returning for any vision needs moving forward!
- Dec. 03, 2019
Absolutely enjoyable eye doctor business. Family owned by 2 brothers and their mother. Treat you r... espectfully, clean modern office space, amazing customer service. Recommended 100%🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓
- Aug. 27, 2019
Very friendly and knowledgeable. Would absolutely recommend.
- Aug. 07, 2019
Had an awesome experience getting a way overdue eye exam. I was hesitant at first to do an eye dilat... ion exam but Dr. Guy and the staff took the time to explain to me the importance of having one done with my exam. My prescription was a perfect match for what I needed. The staff was really friendly and rally pleasant. I also really liked that I was able to fill out most of the necessary forms before my appointment from my phone. Definitely a time saver.
- Jul. 31, 2019
Wonderful and friendly staff, five stars all the way!
- Jul. 10, 2019
I recently got my sunglasses there and i am totally in love with them. I love coming there Dr Vadim ... Guy and his staff are amazing at what they do. I would recommend them to anyone who needs stylish glasses and grear quality too. Everyone is super friendly snd knowledge.
- Jun. 17, 2019
Wonderful staff and Doctors here. They take their time and make sure to meet your needs. even give f... asion advice when picking out glasses! I love mine, great quality, great style! Definitely worth the visit.
- Apr. 16, 2019
Very pleased with the selection of glasses! Found my favorite and I love them!! Such a pleasure to w... ork with!

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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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