Glaucoma Treatment in River North

Glaucoma Treatment in River North

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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. Wear Eyewear - Chicago 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 Wear Eyewear - Chicago, 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 Wear Eyewear - Chicago in River North 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

Preserve Your Vision For Longer

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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- Jun. 04, 2024
Highly recommend!
- May. 09, 2024
Dr. Natalie and the team at Wear are the best. I was a patient here for several years before moving ... and trying a few different optometrists in the following years. I finally came back to Wear and was reminded how personal and friendly they treat all their patients and how awesome, knowledgable and understanding Dr. Natalie is. Best in the city!
- May. 07, 2024
Friendly, joyful staff and my doctor was thorough with my eye examination. Nothing more to ask for.... Thank you!
- Mar. 03, 2024
I had a really good experience with Wear Eyewear in River North. They carry ic Berlin and were able... to order the frames I wanted but that they didn't stock. Their service was great - they helped me hone in my prescription after I wasn't satisfied with my original prescription from a different company. They weren't pushy on the sales side, which I appreciate. Highly recommended!
- Jan. 13, 2024
Fast, efficient, and simple ordering process from start to finish. Luxurious office and welcoming on... e-to-one atmosphere. Friendly staff! I'll be back here for my next pair when I learn more about the eyewear community and industry.
- Dec. 06, 2023
Wear Eyewear- Chicago location. I’ve been a patient of the fabulous team at Wear EyeWear Chicago ... for over a year now, and I am extremely happy with the care I get there. To start, the space is a boutique business, so if you like personalized care unlike what the chain stores offer then this is your spot . I liked that fact that I got the expertise of an experienced optometrist , and experienced opticians. Dr. Natalie Wozny is the best. She is warm and inviting. I was really shocked that in the brief time we talk last year, she remembered our last conversation on my most recent visit this year. My vision after she examined me is much clearer and crisper. I didn’t know how blind I was, until she cleaned my prescription up; and I mean cleaned it up. Thank You Dr Wozny.👀😊❤️ After my eye exam. I got to work with Joe Winjum who is an involved owner. He help find me the best pair of glasses. I mean when It comes to glasses, I’m a picky person; then again we all are. But I was impressed with his ability to get me out of my comfort zone, and changing my view on what kind of glasses fit my face. I’m extremely happy with my purchases. Thank you Thank you Joe😊 Finally, Nicole is awesome, she’s always very professional and welcoming. I remember her nods when the glasses are a win. Thank you Thank you Nicole If you want expertise, experience and personalized care- Wear eyewear Chicago or Orland Park are your place to go.
- Oct. 28, 2023
Great experience. I was seen promptly by Dr. Natalie Wozny, she answered all my questions and gave m... e different options, without making my visit few rushed. Front office was also great, they have a wide selection of frames and gave me feedback while picking out the prefect pair of glasses 🙂
- Mar. 24, 2023
Very good office staff to work with. They are very knowledgeable and professional. Thank you for you... r outstanding service.
- Dec. 12, 2022
Great selection of eyewear & great customer service!!
- Apr. 21, 2022
Super nice people! Clean store. Right off the Chicago Brown Line. They expertly fixed my glasses! Th... anks, Wear!
- Sep. 08, 2021
Dr. Jones is the best eye doctor I have ever had, and I've seen many over my lifetime. His exams are... always thorough, he has the latest diagnostic equipment, he's passionate about his profession and compassionate with his patients. I feel confident in his diagnoses and appreciate his pragmatic approach to treating all my eye woes. He also does an exceptional job fitting contact lenses. Highly recommend!!
- Mar. 05, 2021
INDEPENDENTLY OWNED & OPERATED with friendly, very professional and knowledgeable eye care. I get al... l my glasses from Wear Eyewear! They have such a great variety of high-end frames. But the people at Wear Eyewear is what makes this store amazing. I received outstanding customer service from Joe in Chicago! Joe & Maria both were so wonderful with helping me find the perfect pair of glasses and making adjustments when it wasn't quite right. Of course it all starts with a fantastic doctor! Natalie Wozny Glebiv, O.D. took her time with me, which resulted in the most comprehensive eye exam with a nice sharp prescription. Thanks to all at Wear Eyewear!
- Dec. 21, 2020
I am so grateful that I have Dr. Jones for an eye doctor. His patience and ability to explain the s... ituation is superb. The communication between Dr. Jones and his staff is what makes their services rise above and beyond!! Thank you all for everything you do for your patients. It is extremely admirable.
- Jul. 15, 2020
This place was amazing. I saw Dr. Natalie Wozny and she was wonderful. The front desk staff was also... so kind. Such a smooth great experience. Happy I made the switch to Wear Eyewear!
- Jan. 22, 2020
I could not recommend this optometrist enough. I truly hated my last eye doctor and dreaded going, b... ut I will be coming back here as long as I live in Chicago. Easy, painless, helpful, smart... the list goes on.
- Nov. 07, 2019
Great customer service from the staff, bedside manner from the doctor, great selection of eyewear. I... ’m happy I found my new “eye home.”
- Jul. 30, 2019
Stopped in for a quick chat about my sunglasses. Nate took good care of me and even cleaned my glass... es for me. Will return
- Jun. 04, 2018
I wasn't believing in the reviews I read, because it were were TOO amazing for being true. However, ... after I visited the place, I can confirm that it is all all true! Dr. Jones is super patient and professional. He also explained all the information during the exam with lots of details. The appointment was on-time and very quick. They also have nice eyeglasses options. Will be back for sure.
- May. 14, 2018
I have nothing but great things to say about Wear Eyewear. I moved here from Texas, needing a new ey... e doctor, and I've been going here for the last two years. The appointments are always on-time and very quick. They are very helpful with questions and I've even called the receptionist to help me with insurance questions and a time when I ran out of contacts! Love this place.
- May. 12, 2018
Dr. Wozny was great! My appointment only took about half an hour, and they have a cool camera to loo... k at the back of your eye so they didn't have to do dilation. Even though I had not had an eye appointment in two years and my prescription might have changed, they did not try to upsell me on new, expensive frames and offered a trial for some new contacts. Dr. Wozny was also very thorough and explained everything she was doing, and answered all my questions.

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Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment in River North

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