Blind spots and severe headaches could be signs of glaucoma, a condition resulting from high pressure in the eye that can damage your sight.
Dr. Jim Montgomery of Montgomery Eye Care in Northglenn, CO, offers cutting-edge glaucoma treatments to relieve dangerous eye pressure.
Learn about the advanced treatments Dr. Montgomery can use to prevent severe side effects like permanent vision loss in glaucoma patients.
A Glaucoma Overview
- This serious eye disease involves unusually high intraocular pressure inside the eye caused by a buildup of fluid. When this fluid does not drain properly, intraocular pressure can rise dangerously high.
- If left untreated, high eye pressure can permanently damage your optic nerve, which normally allows proper visual signals to pass between your retina and your brain.
- If glaucoma is not treated early, damage to the optic nerve can lead to irreversible vision loss. Over 3 million Americans suffer from glaucoma every year.
- Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in African Americans due to high eye pressure and damage to the optic nerve.
Seek Treatment ASAP
If you experience any symptoms of glaucoma, schedule a comprehensive eye exam with Dr. Montgomery immediately at our state-of-the-art Northglenn, Colorado, practice. The sooner you schedule an appointment with Dr. Montgomery, the sooner he can create a customized treatment plan to reduce intraocular pressure, improve your vision, and keep your optic nerve working properly.
Are Cataracts and Glaucoma Related?
They can be. A cataract, which is caused by clouding of the natural lens inside your eye, can actually block eye fluid drainage if it grows too large. Dr. Montgomery performs cataract surgery, which may unblock drainage channels and relieve high intraocular pressure.
Who Is Prone to Develop Glaucoma?
Common Kinds of Glaucoma
Open-angle glaucoma is a common form of the disease that progresses very slowly, so you may not notice vision loss right away. Open-angle glaucoma is caused by a blockage inside the eye that stops fluid from draining properly. This is what causes eye pressure to rise.
Angle-closure glaucoma happens when the iris (the colored portion of our eye) bulges forward, blocking eye fluid drainage. This can cause intraocular pressure to rise. Angle-closure glaucoma may happen suddenly, which is why it is considered a medical emergency.
Am I at Risk of Developing Glaucoma?
You may be, if you have/are:
- Family history
- Nearsightedness or farsightedness
- High blood pressure or diabetes
- Thin corneas
- Suffered an eye injury
- Steroid eye drops
- Over 60 years old
- Black, hispanic, or asian
Glaucoma Can Cause Blindness Don't Wait to Schedule Your Glaucoma Exam
Whether you have open-angle glaucoma or angle-closure glaucoma, Dr. Montgomery and his team of esteemed ophthalmologists can create a customized treatment plan to lessen the severity of your glaucoma symptoms and prevent vision loss.
Our practice offers advanced surgical and non-surgical procedures. However, Dr. Montgomery will always try noninvasive treatments first before surgery is suggested.
For world-class, personalized glaucoma treatment, as well as treatment for other eye diseases and conditions, contact our practice today. Feel free to give us a call or use our simple online form. We welcome patients from throughout the Northglenn, Westminster, and North Denver area.
5-Stars for Our Northglenn, Colorado, Practice
I was greeted the moment I walked in the door, and was treated with respect and kindness my entire visit. Dr. Paz was professional but also warm and easy to talk with. He carefully explained each part of the exam and my options for treatment. I know I am in great hands from the moment I walk in the door.View on Google
The staff always treats me so well and makes me feel comfortable when I come in for my appoitments. I would highly recommend Dr. Montgomery and his staff to anyone.View on Google
A Glaucoma Test Can Save Your Vision
Four Reasons to Choose Us for Glaucoma Care
Dr. Montgomery has been practicing since 2001 and has performed over 30,000 eye surgeries during his career.
Private Surgical Center
Because we have our own surgical center in Westminster, our exceptional staff is responsible for your safety, care, and comfort. This can save you money as you will not have to pay third-party surgical center fees.
Dr. Montgomery and his colleagues only use the latest vision care tools and advanced techniques to diagnose and treat glaucoma and a wide array of eye diseases.
Our doctors are affiliated with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and Colorado Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.
Glaucoma Treatments Offered
Dr. Montgomery and his esteemed colleagues offer their patients several treatments to lower eye pressure and preserve their vision. Every patient's customized treatment plan is precisely based on the severity of their symptoms.
We will always try a noninvasive approach to glaucoma treatment before surgery is recommended. Noninvasive treatments include eye drops and oral medications designed to reduce high intraocular pressure and improve the drainage of eye fluid.
Our Surgical Glaucoma Procedures
Dr. Montgomery performs micro-invasive glaucoma surgery procedures at our private surgical center, the Eye Surgery Center of Colorado. These innovative, conservative procedures are known to reduce complications related to glaucoma surgery. Numbing eye drops or a local anesthetic will be administered to keep you pain free. Contact Montgomery Eye Care today to learn more about:
- This FDA-approved technique involves a small, L-shaped device made from titanium that is surgically implanted into your cornea to increase drainage of intraocular fluid. This can permanently reduce high eye pressure levels.
- SLT (Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty)
- This FDA-approved procedure has been used for over 25 years. It uses "cold" laser energy to improve the flow of fluid through your eyes' drainage tubes. Scarring is very minimal with SLT, and the procedure is relatively faster than conventional surgery.
- Your doctor will make an opening in the network of tiny drainage canals in your eye, giving the fluid a new flow path to reduce pressure.
- XEN Stent/XEN Gel Stent
- These stents are microscopic tubes inserted into your eyes to improve fluid drainage flow and lower dangerous eye pressure.
Glaucoma Surgery Recovery Checklist
An eye patch or shield will be placed over the treated eye.
Avoid reading, driving, strenuous exercise, or heavy lifting until Dr. Montgomery says these are okay.
If blurriness continues after healing, we can provide you with a new prescription to improve your vision.
Attend any follow-up appointments.
Montgomery Eye Care is the Clear Choice
Dr. Montgomery is FANTASTIC! He has been my eye doctor for 19 years. He has treated me for both glaucoma and cataracts. Thanks to Dr. Montgomery, I am enjoying the best vision I have had in decades. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND Dr. Montgomery!View on Google
Dr. Montgomery is a caring & professional Doctor who takes great care of me. My mom is a long time patient, appreciates his honesty & kindness.View on Google