Tulsa Glaucoma Specialists
Dr. Anthony Economou, O.D., D.O., FAOCO
Board Certified Glaucoma Fellow
“ My mission is to provide the highest level of care, while haulting disease progression & preserving your vision”.
Anthony Economou, D.O.,O.D.,FAOCO.,
Board Certified, Glaucoma Fellowship Trained Ophthalmologist.
Located at : 7171 S. Yale Ave #104
Tulsa Oklahoma 74136
To make an Appointment Call: (918)346-6302 or (918)317-0022
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Fax Line: (918) 359-0038
Physician Fax Line: (855) 327-9828
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TREATMMENTS AND PROCEDURES
PUNCTA PLUGS : DRY EYE
Select Glaucoma Treatments
The visual field test is a subjective measure of central and peripheral vision, known to some as "side vision", and is used by Dr. Economou to assist in Glaucoma diagnoses while determining the severity of the Glaucomatous eye. The most common visual field test uses a light spot that is repeatedly presented in different areas of your peripheral vision. Less common testing may be performed by a technician manually moving a target to map areas of damage.
SLT ( Selective Laser Treatment )
SLT is a painless, cool laser treatment performed in office . A topical numbing drop is applied in your eye, no anesthesia is used/neccessary . You will need to bring a driver . Post op care is minimal with the application of artificial tears (provided in office ) for the next 24 hours.
• lowers Intra-ocular Pressure (IOP), 2019 : Indicated for the reduction of IOP. (AAO) equating to less topical medication.
• Preserves your vision.
• painless in office treatment
• Minimal recovery time :
and can be successfully performed yearly.
• Cool Laser - Non thermal (safe & effective)
Laser settings are customized for your eye, and set by Dr. Economou.
In office Laser Procedure : Yag
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Glaucoma is a general term for a family of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve. The optic nerve is located in the back of the eye and relays information from the eye to the brain.
Elevated pressure inside the eye creates stress on the optic nerve. If the optic nerve is damaged, vision loss occurs. In most cases, glaucoma has no pain or other symptoms until noticeable vision loss is present.
Who is at Risk?
Your risk for glaucoma increases after the age of 40. African Americans are more likely than Caucasians to be diagnosed with glaucoma. Other risk factors include:
Use of cortico-steroids
Family history of the disease is the leading risk factor.
A Yag capsulotomy is a special laser treatment used to improve your vision. It is a simple, commonly performed procedure which is very safe. Dr. Economou performs Yag Laser procedures in office (no patient down time, fast recovery).
Ahmed Valve & Shunt
A Glaucoma valve is a medical shunt used in the treatment of Glaucoma to reduce the eye's intra-ocular pressure (IOP).
The device works through bypassing the trabecular meshwork and redirecting the outflow of aqueous humour through a small tube, into an outlet chamber or bleb. The IOP generally decreases from approximately 33 to 10 MmHg, by removing aqueous.
The flow tube is inserted into the anterior chamber of the eye and the plate is implanted underneath the conjunctiva to allow flow of aqueous fluid out of the eye.
The first-generation Molteno and other non-valved implants , sometimes require the ligation of the tube until the bleb formed is mildly fibrosed and water-tight. This is done to reduce postoperative hypotony – sudden drop in postoperative intra-ocular pressure (IOP).
Valved implants such as the Ahmed glaucoma valve attempt to control postoperative hypotony by using a mechanical valve.
Second and third generation Molteno implants incorporate a biological valve and studies show considerable improvement in postoperative outcome.
Baervedlt shunts (non-valved) have been shown to have lower rates of surgical failure than Ahmed shunts (valved), this may be related to the high rate of valve failure, or to the larger plate surface of the Baerveldt shunt.range 2.75 micro liters/min.
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Tulsa Glaucoma Specialists
Since 1995 Dr. Economou has made it his mission, to preserve your Vision.
Anthony Economou, D.O.,O.D.,FAOCO
Fellowship Trained Glaucoma Specialist • Sub-Specialty Glaucoma Surgeon • General Surgeon
Dr. Economou is your Board Certified, Fellowship trained, Glaucoma specialist. He currently serves as an Associate Professor at the Osteopath Medical school and is active in the eye care community, both local and abroad.
Dr. Economou will provide you with the highest level of care, diagnostic testing , lasers and surgery if needed. He is able to assist you with primary care treatments, diabetic sugar testing, hypertension monitoring/diangosis, cardiac medication cross reference screening, as well as, screenings for psychological care , management & depression. Often Glaucoma patients report
“feeling down, low energy or just having the blues”. This is normal & to be expected with any diagnosis of a chronic disease. Glaucoma medications can cross the blood brain barrier, creating an interaction or worsening of your current cardiac diagnosis or medications."
Because of this, Dr. Economou works in conjunction with out patient referral & treatment teams specializing in Cardiology and Internal Medicine. If you are currently seeing a primary care Dr. but feel you’d like a more comprehensive view, of your medications & side effects, simply let Dr. Economou know, during your exam. He is happy to perform a Pharmacology review of your current medications. He encourages you to keep all existing appoinments, with your current Physicians ; However is qualified to treat a variety of diseases.
Dr. Economou’s Osteopathic Training, gives him the experience needed, to take a more detailed, in depth look at other underlying issues.
The passion behind the Dr. !
Dr. Economou attended Tulsa University completing his degree in Science, then completing Optometry school at North Eastern State University. In practice only a year, returned to Medical School, attending in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He completed his residency in Killeen, Texas, then advanced to Ophthalmology and Glaucoma Fellowship in Albany New York.
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"I have participated in several FDA trials and research while continuing to extend my skill and knowledge speaking around the world. I stay active in the Science and treatment of Glaucoma and utilize the most ground breaking approach when treating. There is no cookie cutter approach. Glaucoma is a serious and debilitating disease. I have dedicated my life to preserving vision while treating Glaucoma successfully and aggressively".
Views on Glaucoma surgery
At times it is needed, However; surgery should always be the last option. It is essential to exhaust other methods prior to cutting the eye. Other surgeons jump too quickly on the surgical band wagon, leaving little room for future treatment. At times others even utilize experimental procedures. It is my philosophy that all patients should be diagnosed and aggressively treated with only FDA approved techniques, while minimizing ocular surgery on the eye. This can be successfully achieved using OMNI. When surgery is needed, I use an outpatient surgery center to shorten the patients cost and down time. I only utilize current, FDA approved medications first, then move appropriately to in-office minor surgery, and as, Ahmed valve and last resort - full surgery on the eye".
If surgery is needed, most of the time no hospitalization is required. Dr. Economou has 25 years of successful Glaucoma treatment and surgery experience with a patient base exceeding 20,000 successful patients. If you suspect you have Glaucoma, or are concerned about Glaucoma, ask your Doctor to refer you today. They may refer you by faxing a simple referral form to (855) 327-9828
Amy , PhD, CMSP
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Meet Amy. She is our General Manager & Medical Director. She serves you with 26 years of eye care ,Sports Medicine & Orthopedic experience. She comes to Tulsa Glaucoma Specialists with multiple Bachelor Degrees, Masters, & PhD. She specializes in pharmacology, cardiology & Ophthalmology (emphasis on Glaucoma). She is currently Tulsa Glaucoma Specialists’ Board CFO, as well as the Founder and President of “Vision Quest Medical Consulting Firm “. There she specializes in Physician training, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and State Regulatory Compliance & Insurance Billing regulations. She is a Certified Medical Trainer & often works with multiple medical offices, to improve medical compliance, drive Insurance compliance, & audit medical charting. Her credentials consist of 74 certifications, Licensed & bonded, and has worked with over 245 Physician Offices and Surgery Centers, across the United States. She is happy to assist you with any questions you may have, and welcomes your questions submitted via email at
Due to her multi faceted schedule, it will be best to communicate with her via email. You may also call our office & Utilize Klara the Digital Assistant , to communicate with Amy. At times She assists our office with daily patient exams & EHR charting. As a Licensed scribe, she often joins forces with other staff members, during heavy business hours, to speed along your appoinment, cross check all current medications and perform cardiac referral exams. Patient Care is of the utmost importance to Amy. If you see Her while in clinic, please feel free to address any questions or concerns you may have ,at that time.
NOTE TO INSURANCE PROVIDERS:
Please contact Amy via email for questions, Authorizations or Glaucoma Taxonomy related Questions. She may be contacted at : [email protected]
She is responsible for contract negotiation, Coding compliance and patient care management.
Michelle will check you in for your appointment, making sure your insurance is updated and in TGS medical records system.
TGS does not bill/file claims internally All billing is contracted to 3rd party, certified medical billing company.
Eye Care Tech
OCT testing Tech
VF testing Tech
Shay , R.N., CMS
Registered Nurse, specializing in Cardiac & Ophthalmology
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State Board Certified Technician
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Tulsa, Oklahoma 74136
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