Glaucoma Treatment in Olathe

Glaucoma Treatment in Olathe

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. Olathe Family 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 Olathe Family 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 Olathe Family Vision in Olathe 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 Olathe

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • Aarp Medicare Advantage
  • VSP
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Aetna Medicare
  • AARP Medicare Complete
  • AARP
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • GEHA
  • Humana Gold Plus
  • Medicare
  • Meritain Health
  • Wilson McShane

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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- Mar. 22, 2024
Great place to go to get new glasses and eye appointments
- Mar. 13, 2024
Great service - on time and never felt rushed! Very caring and compassionate service.
- Mar. 01, 2024
Dr Hemphil is the best! Caring and a true professional.
- Dec. 08, 2023
Dr. Wayne Hemphill has been our family optometrist for over 30 years. He is not only very knowledga... ble and skilled, but is a very caring person. He takes the time to answer questions, too.
- Oct. 17, 2023
Was traveling in Utah. Started having issues with left eye. A couple text messages and one photo ... of my eye, Dr. Wayne had the issue diagnosed and a script sent to a pharmacy in Mohab, UT. Trip saved. Thanks Dr. Wayne!!!!
- Sep. 07, 2023
I had an exceptional experience at Olathe Family Vision and would gladly give it a five-star review!... Dr. Wayne Hemphill and Dr. Mary Hemphill are not only highly experienced but also incredibly friendly. Whether you're a new patient or a regular, they treat you like a best friend or a family member. Their knowledge and willingness to accommodate your needs are truly impressive. If you're in search of a new eye care doctor, look no further – Olathe Family Vision is the place to go!
- Jul. 21, 2023
Been going here for almost 20 years and wouldn’t want to go anywhere else!
- Jul. 05, 2023
great experience and Dr Hemphill is very knowledgeable and personable
- Mar. 23, 2022
Love Dr. Hemphill & his staff! Very knowledgeable & caring. Highly recommend this practice!
- Mar. 04, 2022
I can not say ENOUGH about Dr. Wayne. He is just first rate. We have used him for all our eye needs.... From the kids who just get annual visits with 20/20 Vision, to myself needing first time reading glasses in my 40’s, to all things Vision Therapy. We moved here from Colorado where Vision Therapy was quite common and many offices were licensed in it and a number of my friends availed themselves and their children to the unique training and quality Vision therapy brings to the learning table. Dr. Wayne was the first office (and one of the only offices) I found in the greater Kansas City area 7 years ago and we’ve never looked elsewhere. His rapport with Children is wonderful. He’s articulate and well educated. He makes a person feel quite at ease. Anxiety to new situations can be a thing in my home. I am super grateful for his expert care and his gentle attention to detail. Highly recommend him and his office!
- Aug. 26, 2021
I get the most thorough exams and what a friendly atmosphere! Love these guys and this place. Thank... s Drs. Hemphill.
- Aug. 20, 2021
Dr Hemphill and his staff made my son’s first eye exam relaxed and easy for him! Highly recommend!...
- Jun. 04, 2018
Very nice and pleasant staff. I saw Dr. Broddous. He was excellent too. Thorough and patient. I was ... very pleased and comfortable with my visit. My family and I will return for our visits. Thank you!!
- Feb. 04, 2018
We saw Dr. Hemphill and the Vision Therapist. The testing was extensive and utilized many modalities... to accurately access what was going on. Not only were they very kind to me and my son, they were exceedingly thorough and knowledgeable. They did a great job of working with my son who is struggling with focusing and tracking, as a result, reading is very challenging. Not only did they offer a lot of hope but they navigated the fact that he was nervous and a bit embarrassed by his inability to read well, very nicely. They helped him realize what his eyes and brain were doing were not in his control but there were exercises and techniques that could help him. He left very buoyed for the first time in years. I anticipate getting a detailed write up in the mail with suggestions on how to proceed. Can not recommend them enough!
- May. 19, 2016
Dr. Hemphil is wonderful. Very knowledgeable and helpful with my questions. Has made some excellent ... recommendations for me. I recommend them to anyone.
- Nov. 26, 2015
Dr. Hemphill is a very friendly and knowledgeable optometrist. He really SEES the big picture. But s... eriously, great staff. Competent doctors. I don't always go to an eye doctor, but when I do, I go to Olathe Family Vision.

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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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