Tulsa Glaucoma Specialists
Dr. Anthony Economou, O.D., D.O., FAOCO
Board Certified Glaucoma Fellow
“ Dr. Economou’s 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
Patient Portal message: (918)416-4775 : This number will attach your message to your medical record, time stamped & Dated.
Main Office Line: (918)346-6302
Fax Line: (918)359-0038
Effective August 2018
Please Note: Number 918•317•0022 is currently synced to Klara Medical Messenger :: For a faster response time, Please Register your cell phone with Klara Messaging. During clinic, it is difficult for Dr. Economou’s staff to answer ringing phones, while patients are in the midst of work up, Glaucoma Tests & Exams. TGS dedicates the same quality, Face to face time, to you as well, while your in clinic. Dr. Economou expresses his many Thanks & Gratitude to His Patients for understanding.
Office Line: (918)346-6302
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TREATMMENTS AND PROCEDURES
PUNCTA PLUGS : DRY EYE
Browse our services below
The visual field test is a subjective measure of central and peripheral vision, or “side vision,” and is used by Dr. Economou to assist in Glaucoma diagnoses and determine the severity of your glaucoma. 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 our office . Other than a numbing drop, applied in your eye, no anesthesia is used/neccesssary . 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 Intraocular Pressure , potentially reducing your topical medication .
• works to Preserves your vision.
• painless in office treatment
• Minimal recovery time.
• Cool Laser - Non thermal (safe)
In office Laser Procedure : Yag
Find out more about Glaucoma surgery by visiting the links below :
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 corticosteroids
Family history of the disease.
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 his office.
Ahmed Valve & Shunt
A glaucoma valve is a medical shunt used in the treatment of glaucoma to reduce the eye's intraocular pressure (IOP).
The device works by 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 around 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 drops in postoperative intraocular pressure (IOP).
Valved implants such as the Ahmed glaucoma valve attempt to control postoperative hypotony by using a mechanical valve. Studies show that in severe cases of glaucoma, double plate Molteno implants are associated with lower mean IOP in the long term compared to the Ahmed glaucoma valve.
Second and third generation Molteno implants incorporate a biological valve and studies show considerable improvement in postoperative outcome over the older style Ahmed and Molteno implants.
Baervedlt shunts (non-valved) have been shown to have lower rates of surgical failure than Ahmed shunts (valved), this have may be related to the high rate of valve failure, or to the larger plate surface of the Baerveldt shunt.rage 2.75 microliters/min.
•Dr. Economou’s Staff•
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 • General Surgeon • Sub-Specialty Glaucoma Surgeon •
Dr. Economou is your Board Certified, Fellowship trained, Glaucoma specialist. He completed his Glaucoma Fellowship residency in Albany, New York, with Dr. Steve Simmons. Dr. Economou will provide you with the highest level of care, diagnose, treat, and follow you along your treatment regimen . He is also here to assist you with primary care treatments, Diabetic sugar testing, Blood Pressure monitoring , Cardiac Medication Cross reference,diagnosis of hypertension, 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 patient diagnosed with a chronic disease. Dr. Economou works in conjunction with out patient referral & treatment. 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 appointment. He is happy to order 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, causes him to take a more detailed, in depth look at other underlying issues you may have.
The passion behind the Dr. ! Dr. Economou was trained to treat your Glaucoma aggressively making every attempt to preserve your vision . Along the way he will determine if any procedure is needed, and is able to complete most procedures in the office. If surgery is needed, most of the time it is out patient, no hospitalization is needed. Dr. Economou holds over 25 years in Glaucoma Surgery experience. He is a referral only Sub-Specialist.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 our office.
Amy , PhD, CMSP
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.
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Dr. Economou is a State Board Certified, Fellowship Trained Glaucoma Sub-Specialist and is a referral based physician and surgeon. Please request a referral, from your Optometrist or General Ophthalmologist.
For a live person please call (918)346-6302, during business hours on Wednesday and Friday. During clinic on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, staff is not able to answer this line, while attending to patients in clinic.
Dr. Economou dedicates this same respect to you, while you are in office as well. We recognize your time and commit ourselves to uninterrupted, patient care. For this reason, Klara messaging was implemented.