Glaucoma
Management

Glaucoma is a sight-threatening eye disease, but it doesn’t have to change your vision and quality of life if it’s properly addressed. Our caring team at Kennedy Vision Health Center knows the importance of early glaucoma detection when it comes to keeping your sight intact. Using advanced technology, our doctors can diagnose glaucoma and then create a personalized treatment plan for you.

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What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is the term for a group of common eye diseases that, if left untreated, are a leading cause of blindness. Glaucoma arises from high intraocular pressure (IOP) that damages the optic nerve; the part of your eye that sends images to your brain for visual processing.

At Kennedy Vision Health Center, we’ll put all our effort into protecting your eyesight by utilizing advanced technology and expertise. Our team can detect signs of glaucoma before it affects your vision and then create a custom management plan and explain every part of your care, so you feel comfortable and confident about your eye health.

The Two Main Forms of Glaucoma

Glaucoma, also known as the “silent thief of sight,” occurs invarious forms and can have differing symptoms. However, there are two main types of glaucoma that are the most common: open-angle and angle-closure.

An illustration of open-angle glaucoma

What Is Open-Angle Glaucoma?

Open-angle glaucoma — the most common form — accounts for over 90% of glaucoma cases, typically develops over the course of many years, and can cause symptoms including reduced vision and peripheral vision loss. This results fromthe pathway between the cornea and the iris being partially blocked, slowing drainage, increasing fluid buildup, and raising IOP.

An illustration of angle-closure glaucoma

What Is Angle-Closure Glaucoma?

Angle-closure glaucoma is less common than open-angle but requires urgent attention to prevent vision loss. This type of glaucoma causes the iris to suddenly become swollen, severely restricting or completely clogging the drainage pathway. This, in turn, blocks fluid circulation and causes a rapid increase in IOP.

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What Is Open-Angle Glaucoma?

Open-angle glaucoma — the most common form — accounts for over 90% of glaucoma cases, typically develops over the course of many years, and can cause symptoms including reduced vision and peripheral vision loss. This results fromthe pathway between the cornea and the iris being partially blocked, slowing drainage, increasing fluid buildup, and raising IOP.

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What Is Angle-Closure Glaucoma?

Angle-closure glaucoma is less common than open-angle but requires urgent attention to prevent vision loss. This type of glaucoma causes the iris to suddenly become swollen, severely restricting or completely clogging the drainage pathway. This, in turn, blocks fluid circulation and causes a rapid increase in IOP.

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Early Detection of
Glaucoma

Because glaucoma has no “cure” and no instantly recognizable, triggering symptoms that indicate its presence until vision loss occurs, early detection is essential for minimizing its impact on your eyes. One of your best lines of defense against glaucoma is to get an annual comprehensive eye exam. In our exams, we’ll use our advanced diagnostic technology, like non-contact tonometry and optical coherence tomography, to track even the slightest variations in your IOP and check your inner eye for damage caused by glaucoma.

With that information, we can effectively tailor our care to your vision needs with care plans designed to preserve your eyesight, health, and quality of life.

Why Choose Kennedy Vision Health Center for Glaucoma managment?

At Kennedy Vision Health Center our skilled optometrists and optometric technicians are well-versed in managing glaucoma and will keep you informed and comfortable every step of the way. With our cutting-edge technology and wealth of knowledge, we can diagnose glaucoma as early as possible and offer personalized ways to protect your eyesight for years to come. When you’re here, you’ll be treated like family, with our entire team being your friendly source for effective, compassionate care.

What Our Patients Are Saying

Check out at what our friends and family think about their amazing eye care experiences with us down below:

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- Johnny T.

“Brittany went above and beyond customer service to make sure she helped me, and saved me hundreds, when I was prepared to spend money on new frames. Was really impressed with her! Especially, as I said, she spent her own time, and work doing this, and I didn’t even know this was an option. Thank you Kennedy!”

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- Ande S.

“Staff is phenomenal!!! We had late appointments and the folks helping us pick out frames were so patient, meticulous and stayed late for us, even when I made a change to what I wanted at the very end. Will never go anywhere else but Kennedy.”

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- Ben M.

“From the moment I entered the doors, to the the time I left, the staff on all levels, receptionist, technician, optometrist, and sales person, were all very friendly, informative and helpful. At great experience, I highly recommend them!”

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- Dan D.

“The people there are great, they take their time and understand where you’re coming from. If you have problems with your eyes they are willing to work with you. Also I am not an easy person to get along with sometimes and they had superb patience and were willing to work with me.” 

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- Kelly G.

“I have been going here for a few years. I always have a great experience. Nice doctors and staff and the front desk people are always so helpful when I need to order new contacts or glasses!”

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- Greta H.

“I had a great experience at Kennedy! Both the doctor/eye technician and also in optical. Would highly recommend this place!” 

Convenient Locations

We’re proud to serve our local communities in Elk River and Plymouth with the excellent eye care and glaucoma management our neighbors deserve!