Glaucoma Treatment in Barrington

Glaucoma Treatment in Barrington

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. Tabak Optometry 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 Tabak Optometry, 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 Tabak Optometry in Barrington 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 Barrington

Our optometry practice in Barrington

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • EyeMed
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Medicare
  • VSP
  • United Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Anthem
  • UMR
  • Humana Military & Tricare
  • Medicare Supplement

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
Patient Reviews
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- Oct. 17, 2022
Dr. Tabak is extremely knowledgeable and thorough. He explains what each individual eye test is for ... and what outcomes are in normal range and what to keep an eye out for in the future. Hi staff is friendly and efficient.
- Apr. 23, 2022
Just switched over from another eye care center and was very happy with our experience for the whole... family.
- Dec. 14, 2021
Very modern equipment, nice office and very good eye exam. Doctor has excellent communications skill... s. The doctor visit exceeded my expectations. I found the doctor using Google search. The positive reviews were well deserved. Highly recommended.
- Dec. 18, 2020
Wonderful eye doctor!!! Excellent cutting edge knowledge, in depth exam, above & beyond customer ser... vice from the entire staff. Very clean office, and perfect location.
- Nov. 28, 2020
Great and friendly doctor, and wonderful and friendly staff. Highly recommend! I plan on using the... m as my primary vision care from now on.
- Aug. 11, 2020
I've been coming here for years...great doctors, great staff, great eyewear!
- Nov. 01, 2019
Outstanding eye doctor, always ahead of the curve on new equipment, procedures and treatment. Examin... ations are always thorough with each step explained so the patient knows what is happening and what the results are. The office environment is comfortable with help and guidance from the full staff.....It has been a pleasure to have Dr. Tabak taking care of my Family for the past 20+ years....
- Oct. 15, 2019
Very efficient, yet thorough. Everyone is very friendly and helpful.
- Feb. 13, 2019
The exam was quick and accurate. Picking frames was painless. Dr. Tabak and the staff are friendly. ... I found a new eye doctor for the entire family.
- Jul. 03, 2018
My wife Julie and I have been seeing Dr. Tabak for years. Julie just had an appointment yesterday a... nd was very pleased with the thorough examination. Dr. Tabak always takes his time and answers all questions quickly and professionally!
- Aug. 27, 2016
Thank u Dr T.... For working me into ur schedule in less than 24 hours... Being sooo thorough... Exp... laining all the testing u did and diagnosing my eye problem... And of course injecting ur humor into my appointment.... See u next summer!
- Feb. 22, 2016
I've been a patient of Dr. Tabak since 1995. He and his staff have always provided the utmost in pr... ofessional, thorough optometry services. Dr. Tabak spends time listening to any concerns and/or new developments with my eyes and prescribes the appropriate next steps. I would highly recommend entrusting your optometry needs to Dr. Tabak and his caring staff.
- Feb. 15, 2016
Myself and my kids have been going to Dr. Tabak for years for eye exams and glasses.. I highly reco... mmend his services. He's friendly, will answer all your questions, and very knowledgeable.
- Feb. 15, 2016
I have been a patient of Dr. Tabak for 4 years and his knowledge and professional care has been outs... tanding. I value his opinion and direction in my eye care. Thank you Dr. Tabak. Nancy Schachtschneider
- Dec. 08, 2014
Dr. Tabak has been our family optometrist for almost 20 years. He takes a personal interest in each... of his patients and invests the time to provide a thorough examination, while explaining the purpose of each procedure. Highly recommend.
- Jul. 24, 2013
I have been going to Dr. Tabak for a years and always appreciate the professional service of Dr. Tab... ak and his friendly staff. He has even helped me when I was on vacation and needed a perscription that he called into a pharmacy. Larry is a pro and has helped me avoid bad frames and pick out good frames over the years.
- Aug. 04, 2010
Nice, honest guy, clean facility, good staff; I have been going to him since I was a kid [starting w... earing glasses/contacts at an early age].

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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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