Glaucoma Treatment in Dunedin

Glaucoma Treatment in Dunedin

Don’t Let Glaucoma Rob You of Your Sight

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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. AccuVision Optical 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 AccuVision Optical, 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 AccuVision Optical in Dunedin 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 Dunedin

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Hours
  • Monday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross

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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- Sep. 21, 2023
Definitely highly recommend Dr Tupps and staff.
- Sep. 12, 2023
A great experience, much more personable than the assembly line places. Quality products and staff....
- Sep. 11, 2023
Excellent evaluation & glasses were outstanding. The staff very friendly & knowledgeable. Love this ... group.
- Aug. 26, 2023
The selection of frames is very good. Best of all, the staff is always friendly and everyone greet... s you with a smile.
- Aug. 25, 2023
Your staff is always ready with a smile and helpful attitude!
- Aug. 18, 2023
very friendly & professional doctor and staff
- Aug. 16, 2023
Best optical purchase experience I ever had. No pressure, just helpful, and very knowledgable and fr... iendly staff. Will gladly go back!
- Aug. 16, 2023
Wonderful experience. The staff was very kind and extremely helpful as I practiced putting contacts ... in for the first time
- Aug. 13, 2023
Friendly, efficient, effective
- Aug. 05, 2023
Always a great experience each year with my annual eye exam. Staff is always friendly and professio... nal. I feel that my eyes are under exceptional care with Dr. Tupps.
- Aug. 03, 2023
Great service and great experience.
- Jul. 19, 2023
Dr Tupps and the staff at AccuVision Optical are top notch!
- May. 26, 2023
Wonderful and accurate eye care. Great selection, and an overall great experience. I walked out with... mich needed reading,driving, and sun glasses 😁
- Apr. 12, 2023
Both doctors, front desk and staff are excellent. Second year as a patient and very happy!
- Jan. 20, 2023
Great service. Friendly staff. Definitely would contact office for any future needs.
- Oct. 27, 2022
I was very impressed with everything about Accuvision Optical in Dunedin. The staff is very profess... ional and the doctor's credentials are excellent. Very friendly and helpful. A great find!
- Jul. 12, 2022
Very impressed with AccuVision's staff! Everyone was very friendly and answered any questions, wheth... er it was for eye health or any doubts about prescription. The tech, Jonathan I think, was very helpful and kind and the Doctor I saw, Dr. Zacharopoulos, was very thorough, explained everything, and made great conversation! The office staff was very kind as well, and made the effort to ensure everything was correct and any contacts rebates were accounted for. One of the staff, Tess I believe, when I called back to order colored lenses was very helpful and checked stock and shipping options so I could have the lenses exactly when I need them. Less important, but also the office itself was nice, clean, and quaint. Very good vibes all around, so all in all, very impressed. Thanks so much team! 🙂
- Jun. 20, 2022
Look no further, your search is over! My wife and I we're quite impressed with everyone at this offi... ce and would recommend them over any other place in town. They answered any and all questions we had and never felt rushed during our exams. Very good "attention to details", I guess, would best describe our encounter with this office. We will definitely be back and have already recommended our brother to them and they took care of him last minute due to him having a piece of debris in his eye. Class act place with class act people!!! See you soon when our glasses are ready!
- Jun. 14, 2022
Fantastic service overall. Doctor Z did a great job. Will return!
- Jun. 03, 2022
Stopped by Accuvision Optical on Main street in Dunedin today without an appointment to see if they ... could repair my 90 year old mother's eyeglasses. The receptionist was busy helping another client so I had the pleasure of having Michael appear from down the hall to help me. He was most courteous and did not hesitate to stop what he was doing to put my mom's glasses back together ( the tiniest screw had fallen out of the front that keeps the sides connected to the lenses). I gave him the glasses in a pile and he was back in a flash with them repaired, and he even replaced the nose pieces at no charge. Top notch service with a genuine smile, thank you again Michael for your help today.

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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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