Glaucoma Facts and Eye Health

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, if you are over 40, have nearsightedness or farsightedness, a history of glaucoma in your family or are of African, Asian or Hispanic descent, you are at a higher risk for glaucoma and should be getting regular check-ups.


Claris Eye Care & Surgery will take you step-by-step through the different glaucoma treatment options.

Glaucoma is the result of damage to the optic nerve caused by elevated pressure due to a buildup of fluid that, under normal circumstances, drains through the front of the eye.

When too much fluid is present, the drainage system does not work properly and the pressure builds up. Over time, nerve damage occurs and blind spots develop in your field of vision.

Dr. Keith Carlson at Claris Eye Care & Surgery in the Twin Cities knows what the warning signs are and how to prescribe the right glaucoma treatment options to prevent any further damage to your eyes.

Equipped with a highly trained staff and the most up-to-date clinical information, Claris Eye Care & Surgery provides you with the best eye surgeons with the most experience in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area.

There are many forms of Glaucoma and depending on which kind you may have, Claris Eye Care & Surgery are experienced to treat it accordingly.
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are many kinds of Glaucoma.

Various Types of Glaucoma

  1. Open angle glaucoma – This is the most common form of the disease. The drainage angle formed by the cornea and iris remains open. However, the trabecular meshwork is partially blocked, causing pressure. This damages your optic nerve. Because this particular kind of glaucoma happens so slowly, you may often lose your vision before you are aware you even have a problem.
  2. Angle closure glaucoma – The iris bulges forward and narrows or blocks the drainage of the eye. Eventually, fluid cannot circulate through the eye and pressure builds.
  3. Normal tension glaucoma – Eye pressure is normal, yet the optic nerve becomes damaged anyway without reason. Limited blood flow causes the optic nerve to starve and is often coupled with atherosclerosis, a buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries.
  4. Pigmentary glaucoma – Pigment granules from the iris accumulate and damage the drainage channels. This hinders and blocks the fluid exiting the eye. Sometimes, rigorous activity can stir up the pigment granules, depositing them in the trabecular meshwork and causing intermittent elevations in pressure.

Dr. Keith Carlson of Claris Eye Care & Surgery has successfully. If you feel you are displaying symptoms of early glaucoma, call and make an appointment with him to begin the evaluation process and see what glaucoma treatment options are available to you at Claris Eye Care & Surgery in the Twin Cities.

Dr. Carlson was trained at Minnesota’s own Mayo Clinic and has 20 years of experience in advanced ophthalmic practice. Throughout his practice, he has helped thousands of patients.

“Over the years I have worked with the best people in the business. I am grateful for those opportunities,” said Carlson. “I fell that many aspects of patient care have been lost. With Claris, our team (Claris Eye Care & Surgery) renews a commitment to the patient,” he said.

If you have concerns about whether or not glaucoma treatment is covered by your insurance, Claris Eye Care & Surgery has a highly trained administrative team with extensive experience to help patients navigate the often confusing and challenging world of modern day medical insurance.

“We want to make sure that patients receive the care they need and without any financial hardship,” said Cheryl Schow, Business Manager at Claris Eye Care & Surgery.

Make an appointment today and see the difference that early detection and treatment can make.

Phone: 612-775-8009


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