Glaucoma Treatment in Cumberland

Glaucoma Treatment in Cumberland

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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. Jacobson Advanced Eye Care 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 Jacobson Advanced Eye Care, 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 Jacobson Advanced Eye Care in Cumberland 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 Cumberland

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Thursday 7:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
  • May. 27 Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • EyeMed

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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- Sep. 07, 2023
The best eye care place I have been to. The most thorough eye exam along with a very knowledgeable a... nd polite staff. Very easy to see why they are rated 5 stars.
- Oct. 21, 2022
The woman who gave me testing was very energetic and although a new computer software, she breezed r... ight through it. I appreciated her humor. As always, Dr. Jennifer is very pleasant and was able to reassure me that everything is fine.
- Oct. 14, 2022
great. people are all efficient and warm and helpful.
- Oct. 14, 2022
Dr. Jennifer Jacobson has been our family's eye physician for many, many years. The entire staff is ... professional and caring. Dr. Jennifer Jacobson stays on top of current research and development which has helped us through some serious health issues. There is also a strong focus at Jacobson Advanced Eye Care on maintaining eye health as well as careful guidance in pursuing better life quality with some of the current options available for vision. They are well connected with an excellent surgical team. Under careful guidance from Dr. Jennifer Jacobson and Dr. Tom Harvey, I pursued cataract surgery with vision correcting lens implants. It has been life changing to have the ability to see clearly at all distances without glasses or contacts. Cumberland is so fortunate to have the highest quality eye healthcare.
- Oct. 12, 2022
Jennifer and her staff always do a great job. Very friendly.
- Sep. 26, 2022
Efficient and thorough. Always friendly!
- Sep. 23, 2022
They are very professional and nice
- Sep. 20, 2022
Jennifer and the crew are all very professional and simultaneously a whole lot of fun. Examining you... r eyes can be lots of fun there. They will not only correct your vision, but get you to see the world in a new light no matter how bad your eyesight is.
- Sep. 03, 2022
Dr. Jennifer and the entire staff are wonderful - professional, knowledgeable, thorough, kind, carin... g, and always take time for their patients. I really appreciate the individual attention that Dr. Jennifer gives - she gets to know her patients, never rushes through appointments, encourages questions, and addresses all of my concerns.
- Aug. 02, 2022
Dr. Jennifer is an excellent eye doctor. I always feel completely satisfied with whatever her diagn... osis is. The customer service of her employees is also excellent. Kindness, promptness, courtesy and the best care I have ever had for my eyes.
- Jun. 14, 2022
The staff are all very helpful and quick to answer my questions and solve problems.
- Jun. 10, 2022
wonderful people everyone is so nice there
- Jun. 02, 2022
Always clean, professional, courteous and friendly.
- May. 16, 2022
After a severe thunderstorm of a whiteout with 1” balls of hail breaking 6 of my windows, totaling... my shingles & siding —— one window broke through firing into my kitchen as though through a machine gun. Holding a cookie sheet against the upper double hung window, fighting a firing squad of hail, one hit me above my eye with eyes shut. Thank the Lord. I saw flashing lights almost continuously about 3 days later. Dr. Jennifer Jacobson Turcot dropped everything as soon as she could after her busy day, her staff left just about as soon as I came in. after hrs. (Friday) It was an emergency. She came in just for me!! I was upset after reading this could cause vision loss if you don’t see a specialist asap. (Laser surgery recommended) After many tests being very thorough she said “Your eyes look great!!” Earlier I had been prayed for and the flashing lights disappeared on the way to see Dr. Jacobson. I was healed by the power of prayer in Jesus name 😅😄😎 I had to make sure my eyes were fine. (My security, my sight) Dr Jennifer couldn’t have been more kind. I highly recommend her expertise. I love her personality. Great staff too.
- May. 06, 2022
Everyone was very nice. Very helpful finding my new glasses. Would recommend to anyone looking for a... optometrist.
- Apr. 29, 2022
Excellent care, very knowledgeable and highly professional. Dr. Jennifer and her staff are the best... . Always takes the time needed to explain my exam and respond to all question. The very best place to go for great eye care!
- Apr. 15, 2022
I had a problem develop suddenly and was scheduled to leave town in a few days. I called at approxim... ately 8:30 and they said can you be here by 10:00. I arrived a few minutes before ten was taken to a room for some testing see by Dr. Turcott at 10:20. Diagnosis was complete by 10:35. She recommended 2 over the counter meds I began using them and I'm already seeing improvement. Great Doctor and friendly and efficient staff.
- Apr. 14, 2022
Very friendly staff. Took time to hear my issues and explained everything very well. Very nice offic... e space as well.
- Mar. 19, 2022
Everyone is so friendly. Dr Jennifer even called to see how my new contacts and glasses were working... out!
- Mar. 10, 2022
I only picked up contact lenses but was greeted with a smile!

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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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