Glaucoma Treatment in Bainbridge Island

Glaucoma Treatment in Bainbridge Island

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. Bainbridge Vision 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 Bainbridge Vision, 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 Bainbridge Vision in Bainbridge Island 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 Bainbridge Island

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross
  • MetLife

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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- Apr. 04, 2024
The selection of glasses frames is great. The staff members are knowledgeable and super good at thei... r jobs!
- Mar. 21, 2024
I always look forward to my appointments with Dr. Steele. She is whip smart, efficient, and down to... earth. She is the kind of doctor you wish would never retire.
- Feb. 09, 2024
I always appreciate the efficiency and professionalism of this office. Dr. Egashira is friendly, th... orough and explains all facets of your eyes well. The optimap is a great service as it allows the doctor to walk you through the health of your eyes and show you comparisons year over year.
- Feb. 04, 2024
The staff here are awesome!
- Feb. 03, 2024
Steele is great! I think the office people are a little snappy
- Dec. 30, 2023
Two of the best optometrists EVER! I moved about 2 hours away and since then I do not feel I have ev... er received as thorough an eye exam as what Drs. Steele and Egashira provide. I am considering scheduling an appointment in 2024 and will make that two hour drive. And they have an amazing staff!
- Dec. 21, 2023
Efficient, caring doctors and staff.
- Dec. 16, 2023
I can't see going to another vision doctor.
- Nov. 20, 2023
Great local optometrist. Friendly and helpful staff. Was really well treated and felt like they ca... red about my well being and vision.
- Nov. 16, 2023
They are always very thorough and helpful.
- Nov. 13, 2023
Wonderful Professional Team. Excellent service and support.
- Nov. 07, 2023
Both Dr. Egashira and her staff are friendly, caring and accommodating.
- Oct. 21, 2023
Welcoming staff, lovely clinic, and thorough eye exam by Dr. Egashira.
- Oct. 13, 2023
I like the small town folksy atmosphere! Dr. Egashira is a professional. She's thorough, efficient... and subject matter expert current. Also has a good sense of humor !
- Sep. 01, 2023
Kira is exceptional. She’s extremely knowledgeable at fitting eyeglass frames and lenses, she’s ... passionate, and she makes the experience fun! Been going to her for 10+ years.
- Aug. 24, 2023
Friendly. Knowledgeable. Helpful. What else could you want?
- Aug. 18, 2023
Dr. Egashira is outstanding. Been going here for 15 years and have always had great care.
- Aug. 15, 2023
Great place for optometry services. Friendly and highly competent staff and providers.
- Jul. 09, 2023
It's a busy world where it often feels like it's easy to get lost in the crowd. My visit to Bainbrid... ge Vision reminded me of a time when compassion, patience, and professionalism were summits that every business strived to reach. Bainbridge Vision is the peak of the mountain. Dr. Egashira is kind and brilliant and she took time to answer all of my questions. I'm relatively new to eye care so I was a bit apprehensive when I walked into the office! I'm thankful that Dr. Egashira is so skillful at explaining all the intricacies.
- Jul. 01, 2023
Dr. Egashira has been working with my and later my family’s eyes ever since she was a optometry st... udent. I feel so lucky to have benefitted from her intellect and skill - always applied with generosity; she explains everything so well and maintains a lovely sense of humor. (We have had a few optical adventures together.) The entire staff is very helpful and a pleasure to work with. Picking out frames is just plain fun!

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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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