Glaucoma Treatment in Loveland

Glaucoma Treatment in Loveland

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. Dr Hulme EyeCare & Dry Eye Center 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.

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 Dr Hulme EyeCare & Dry Eye Center, 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 Dr Hulme EyeCare & Dry Eye Center in Loveland 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.


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

Preserve Your Vision For Longer

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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- Jun. 05, 2024
Always a pleasant experience. Dr. Hulme and his staff are the very best. Mary Taylor was so helpfu... l and patient with me as I was trying to choose frames. Thank you, Mary!
- May. 26, 2024
Been coming to Dr Hulme for 3 years now, the experience has always been great. My insurance always s... eems confusing, but we get it figured out together.
- Jan. 26, 2024
I was a new patient that had a minor medical emergency and Dr. McClelland helped me. He was extreme... ly helpful and explained everything thoroughly. The front desk staff was very friendly and welcoming. I highly recommend this eye center.
- Jan. 16, 2024
Love this place! Dr McClellan took the time to investigate and discuss all my vision concerns. He t... ruly listens! The front desk staff are efficient and friendly and the eyeglasses staff were so helpful. I highly recommend this clinic!
- Dec. 22, 2023
Really over delivered on the experience. I do not feel up sold whatsoever. The environment was real... ly inviting and the doctor was very personable. I also want to send my appreciation to Mandy at the front desk!
- Dec. 01, 2023
I saw Dr. McClelland recently and was very pleased with the thoroughness and knowledge he provided. ... This was one of the best experiences I've had getting my eyes examined. Would highly recommend Dr McClelland and the Hulme office to anyone.
- Dec. 29, 2022
Quality care, updated equipment and accepts state insurance. Got an appointment same day of request....
- Apr. 14, 2022
Just like all the other reviews say, Dr.hulme and his entire staff are wonderful they are really ou... t to help you with your eye care and they have all the newest high tech machines to test your eyes with, especially if you have dry eye symptoms. Dr.hulmes even found some other problems with my left eye after a car accident with his high tech gadgets and was able to send to me to a specialist that does eye surgery too. Will be going back since my dry eye symptoms are really annoying and is hard to find a Eye Doctor thats knows his stuff all well as Dr hulme.
- Apr. 07, 2022
I have been a Dr. Hulme patient for about 12 years. He is an excellent provider and I wouldn’t con... sider ever going anywhere else. Marcia was in charge of my care this time and she was fantastic! Very personable. 100% recommend.
- Mar. 20, 2022
Professional and personal! Excellent patient education and explanation of my exam results and the pl... an moving forward! Highly recommend!!
- Jan. 07, 2022
Doc is always straight forward and wants nothing but the best for every person that comes through th... e door. The staff always go the full distance to help me out and to make sure I walk out with exactly the glasses I want. Best optometrist I’ve ever been to.
- Dec. 29, 2021
The Staff was very professional. The physician really took his time updating my script, explaining h... is findings, and seemed genuinely interested in my care. Follow up for my new glasses was quick and easy. Great selection of frames. I can't say enough about what a great experience I had at their office.
- Dec. 20, 2021
I love this office! I take all of my children here, and have recently switched eye doctors so that ... I can see (pun definitely intended, hahaha) Dr. Hulme. The staff is so friendly and helpful. Dr. Hulme is informative, and he talks you through everything. It is very obvious that he is passionate about what he does. Any questions you have, he is able to answer. 100% recommend.
- Nov. 30, 2021
Great person. Explains the what and why of what he is doing. Receptionist very pleasant. Pre examin... ation process was very easy. The staff that fits your eye glasses know their stuff. Very efficient, professional and friendly. Highly recommend this establishment.
- Nov. 17, 2021
Dr.Hulme is a great eye doctor always very pleasant and explains things and didn’t try to force me... into a costly procedure as another place in Loveland had done and didn’t even offer me other options as Dr. Hulme did. Liz is fabulous has gone above and beyond to make sure I had proper eye drops and working with my insurance and myself to make sure I was doing alright. Front desk has been always so nice to I appreciate all of them
- Nov. 16, 2021
Awesome service, flexible, professional with an awesome customer experience. It is well worth drivin... g 2-1/2 hours to see them. Great job and great work to their Team!
- Nov. 14, 2021
I've been going to Dr. Hulme for eye care for many years. He does excellent work and very much cares... about his patients. Highly recommended.
- Oct. 26, 2021
Dr.Hulme is down to earth and straight forward his staff are professional and friendly. It was a ple... asent experience.
- Sep. 30, 2021
Just moved here a few months ago. Had several recommendations to go here. I was very happy with my a... ppointment. Dr. Hulme is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I enjoyed working with the Optician Jared (I think that was his name). He helped me find my new pair of glasses and I love them!! Can't wait to get them. Will be a return patient!!
- Sep. 15, 2021
Dr. Hulme and his staff are all very professional and efficient and knowledgeable. They are also war... m and friendly and make an office visit a pleasure!

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Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment in Loveland

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With early detection and treatment, glaucoma can be controlled.

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