Glaucoma Eye Doctor

Glaucoma eye doctor in Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Rexburg and St. Anthony.

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States, making it an important public health priority. Although there are several factors that cause glaucoma, all types of glaucoma are characterized by damage to the optic nerve.

This damage prevents the brain from receiving appropriate visual information, resulting in vision loss. If you experience any change in vision, contact us at Summit Eycare immediately for a full examination.

Causes of Glaucoma

Although there are many types of glaucoma and the exact causes are unknown, the general characteristics are understood. Primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of the disease. This form results when the eye cannot drain fluids efficiently, leading to increased pressure in the eye and damage to the optic nerve.

Other forms of glaucoma occur because of medical conditions, physical injuries, abnormal eye conditions, or medication use.

Risk Factors for Glaucoma

Certain groups of people are at greater risk for developing glaucoma.

  • Older adults - 40 years old and above.  The risk continues slightly with age.
  • African Americans and Asians. African Americans are significantly more likely to develop glaucoma than Caucasians, and that risk begins to rise at age 40. Similarly, Asian individuals are at greater risk of angle-closure glaucoma, while people of Japanese descent are at a high risk of another form of the disease called low-tension glaucoma.
  • Diabetes and cardiovascular disease. These medical conditions can significantly make the condition worse.
  • Family history. If you have one or more first-degree relatives with glaucoma, your risk for the disease increases. This suggests that there may be a genetic component to developing glaucoma.
  • Corticosteroid use. Corticosteroids are commonly prescribed to reduce inflammation related to arthritis, lupus, and other conditions. Chronic use of corticosteroids may increase your risk of developing glaucoma
  • Diagnosis and Treatment

    A thorough eye exam includes evaluating optic nerves and retinas and assessing for symptoms of glaucoma. To make a diagnosis, your Summit Eyecare eye doctor may measure corneal thickness, check the pressure inside your eyes, test changes to your vision, evaluate your retinas, and assess abnormal eye anatomy.

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    If glaucoma is caught early, further vision loss can be prevented. Treatments commonly include medications to reduce intraocular pressure or surgery. If you have noticed vision changes, ask your Summit Eyecare eye doctor to determine if glaucoma may be the underlying cause.

    Locations

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    Idaho Falls
    1689 Pancheri Dr. Idaho Falls, ID 83402
    Phone:208-529-4333
    Fax: 208-529-4366




    Idaho Falls
    3351 Merlin Dr. Idaho Falls, ID 83404
    Phone:208-522-5594
    Fax: 208-552-2240




    Pocatello
    301 S. 4th Ave C-2 Pocatello, ID 83201
    Phone:208-637-0841
    Fax: 208-237-6922




    St. Anthony
    45 West 1st North St. Anthony, ID 83445
    Phone:208-624-3231
    Fax: 208-624-3334




    Rexburg
    24 E Main St Rexburg, ID 83440
    Phone:208-356-0881
    Fax: 208-359-9680



    Hours of Operation

    Our Regular Schedule

    Idaho Falls - Pancheri

    Monday:

    8:30 am-5:00 pm

    Tuesday:

    8:30 am-5:00 pm

    Wednesday:

    7:00 am-7:00 pm

    Thursday:

    8:30 am-5:00 pm

    Friday:

    8:30 am-4:00 pm

    Saturday:

    Closed

    Sunday:

    Closed

    Idaho Falls - Merlin

    Monday:

    8:30 am-5:00 pm

    Tuesday:

    7:00 am-7:00 pm

    Wednesday:

    8:30 am-5:00 pm

    Thursday:

    8:30 am-7:00 pm

    Friday:

    8:30 am-4:00 pm

    Saturday:

    By Appt.

    Closed

    Sunday:

    Closed

    Pocatello

    Monday:

    8:30 am-5:30 pm

    Tuesday:

    8:30 am-5:30 pm

    Wednesday:

    8:30 am-5:30 pm

    Thursday:

    8:30 am-7:00 pm

    Friday:

    7:00 am-2:00 pm

    Saturday:

    Closed

    Sunday:

    Closed

    St. Anthony

    Monday:

    9:00 am-5:00 pm

    Closed for lunch 12:00-1:30

    Tuesday:

    9:00 am-5:00 pm

    Closed for lunch 12:00-1:30

    Wednesday:

    9:00 am-5:00 pm

    Closed for lunch 12:00-1:30

    Thursday:

    9:00 am-5:00 pm

    Closed for lunch 12:00-1:30

    Friday:

    9:00 am-12:00 pm

    Saturday:

    Closed

    Sunday:

    Closed

    Rexburg

    Monday:

    9:00 am-5:00 pm

    Tuesday:

    9:00 am-5:00 pm

    Wednesday:

    9:00 am-5:00 pm

    Thursday:

    9:00 am-5:00 pm

    Friday:

    9:00 am-12:00 pm

    Saturday:

    Closed

    Sunday:

    Closed

    Testimonial

    Review From Our Satisfied Patient

    • "Experts in eye care, both Dr Birch and Dr Fleming are excellent in their profession and care for their patients. I would recommend both for yours and your family's eye care.
      Connie -"
      Idaho Falls