Glaucoma Specialist

Dean Optical -  - Optometrist

Dean Optical

Optometrists located in Chicago, IL

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States. Once glaucoma claims your vision, you can’t recover it. However, if this serious eye disease is diagnosed early, vision loss might be slowed or even prevented. Therefore, being screened by Dr. Dennis DeLee, Dr. Michael A. Meifert, and Dr. Lance N. Olsen at Dean Optical for glaucoma during regular eye exams is important. Dean Optical serves patients in Chicago’s Financial District.

Glaucoma Q & A

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma encompasses a group of eye issues that negatively affect the optic nerve. The damage to the optic nerve often results from unusually high pressure in the eye. A healthy optic nerve is a necessary component to good vision.

What are the Risk Factors for Glaucoma?

Certain factors increase your risk of developing glaucoma.

They include:

  • Having high internal eye pressure
  • Having a family history of glaucoma
  • Being over the age of 60
  • Being Hispanic or black
  • Being nearsighted
  • Suffering from certain medical problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and sickle cell anemia
  • Having suffered an eye injury
  • Having undergone certain kinds of eye surgery
  • Using eye drops for an extended period of time

What are the Symptoms of Glaucoma?

In its early stages, glaucoma doesn’t present any symptoms.

If glaucoma is left untreated, patients can experience:

  • Patchy blind spots in their central or side vision
  • Tunnel Vision
  • Severe headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Seeing halos around lights
  • Eye pain
  • Eye redness
  • Blurred vision

How is Glaucoma Diagnosed?

To screen for glaucoma, the doctors at Dean Optical may perform several tests during your detailed eye exam.

For instance, they may:

  • Test for optic nerve damage
  • Measure intraocular pressure
  • Measure corneal thickness
  • Check for any areas of vision loss

How is Glaucoma Treated?

While the damage from glaucoma is irreversible, scheduling regular checkups and undergoing forms of treatment can sometimes slow or prevent vision loss. This can especially be the case if the doctors at Dean Optical catch your glaucoma early. The objective of glaucoma treatment is to decrease the intraocular pressure in your eye. Treatment for glaucoma typically begins with prescription eye drops that help lessen the pressure in your eye. Several types of prescription eye drops are available. Depending on your particular condition, the doctors at Dean Optical prescribe the best option for you. When eye drops don’t effectively bring eye pressure down, oral medications are often recommended. Laser therapy and surgery are also used to treat cases of glaucoma.

To determine if you have glaucoma or learn more about treatment options, schedule an appointment with the doctors at Dean Optical today.

Accepted Insurance Providers

Dean Optical works with many insurance carriers and payment plans.
To see if we work with your insurance carrier or vision care plan, please call our office for assistance. Our friendly and informed staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Davis Vision
Humana Vision
Superior Vision
United Healthcare