Glaucoma is a serious eye disease that damages the eye’s optic nerves, and usually occurs when fluid starts building up in the front part of the eye. This usually has something to do with the drainage angle in the eye – in healthy eyes, the excess fluid, particularly the aqueous humor, properly leaves through this angle; but in some cases, it starts building up in front of the eye.
This increases pressure in the area, which in turn damages the optic nerve. Since the optic nerve is responsible for sending signals from the retina to the brain, glaucoma can cause blindness. There are many variants of this eye disease, with the most common being open-angle, normal-tension, and congenital glaucoma.
In Ogden, Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in patients – particularly older individuals since the disease itself progresses very slowly. Fortunately, advances in technology means that it’s easier now to tell if you are at risk of glaucoma.
At Clayson Williams Eye Center, our team uses advanced early detection methods to determine if you are at risk of gradually losing your eyesight due to glaucoma. We perform a range of eye tests, such as tonometry, ophthalmoscopy, and perimetry to accurately determine the condition of your eye. We know that when it comes to eye diseases such as glaucoma, prevention is always better than cure.
We welcome patients from Bountiful, Layton and Ogden who require Glaucoma testing and are ready to answer any of your questions regarding this very serious eye condition. We’ll assess and examine your eyes carefully and make sure you get the appropriate treatment and save you from potential blindness.