Glaucoma Management and Surgery in Ogden Utah
Glaucoma is one of the top causes of visual impairment and blindness in America.
The scary part is that many people who have the condition do not experience any symptoms and are not aware of the disease until they have lost a large amount of their vision.
The disease is known as a “Silent Thief of Sight” because your vision can be stolen from you without you knowing it.
There is no cure yet for glaucoma, but the disease can be managed and controlled.
Left untreated, damage to the optic nerve can lead to vision impairment and, eventually, blindness.
Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve that connects our eyes to the brain. Once damaged, the transfer of information to the brain is affected, which results in loss of vision.
Your eyes can be protected from loss of vision and blindness due to glaucoma if we detect and treat the disease at once.
The key to fighting glaucoma is catching it in its early and treatable stage. Regular eye examinations are a weapon to combat the disease.
The majority of glaucoma patients will be monitored every 4 to 6 months for life.
At Clayson Williams Eye Center, our team of glaucoma specialists can provide thorough eye examinations and the best clinical and surgical treatments to fight glaucoma.
It is possible to live a normal life even if you have been diagnosed with glaucoma.
Let’s get the upper hand against glaucoma! Visit our Eye Center today!
Risk Factors For Glaucoma
There are several factors that increase the risk of developing glaucoma, and they are:
- Old Age 60 and above
- Family History of Glaucoma
- Poor Vision and Eye Injuries or Disorders
- If you are Asian or African-American
- Certain medical conditions like Diabetes
- Taking medications like corticosteroids
- Congenital defects
- Advanced Cataracts
- Extreme Far-sightedness
Causes of Glaucoma
Specific diseases and conditions can contribute to developing glaucoma, including:
- Injury to the eyes
- Serious eye infection
- Increased pressure within the eye
- Eye inflammation
- Blocked veins and arteries
Treatment of Glaucoma
Glaucoma has no cure at the moment, so treatment is done to relieve symptoms and prevent more damage.
Some of the standard methods of treatment include:
Oral medication or eye drops can be given to patients for the reduction of fluid production in the front of the eye or to drain excess fluid.
Most patients are managed effectively using this method of treatment.
There are side effects that can result from medication, which include redness, irritation, stinging, and blurry vision.
Medication is done regularly to keep eye pressure under control.
If medication proves ineffective, you may need laser surgery.
Laser procedures like trabeculoplasty iridotomy or cyclophotocoagulation can be performed on patients to increase fluid outflow from eyes or remove fluid blockages.
Other Types of Surgery
If medication and laser procedures have failed, the next option is a trabeculectomy. This surgical procedure is done to create a new channel to drain fluid from the eye and reduce pressure.
Ongoing research is being done in this arena. Our eye doctors will be glad to discuss these new options with you if surgery becomes necessary.
Tests for Strabismus
Our eye specialist can do a cover test to diagnose your condition. Your eye will be covered one at a time while you look at an object. We look at how your eye shifts when the cover is moved to determine if you have strabismus.
A flashlight test can also diagnose strabismus. We ask a patient to look at the light, and our eye doctor will check on the reflection on the front surface of your eye.
If your eyes are aligned, the reflection is on the same spot of each eye.
There are 4 in every 100 adults that have strabismus. A patient can have a brain disorder or one of the muscles that move the eyes.
The majority of adults have lived with the condition since they were young. Strabismus can be acquired due to medical problems like head trauma, diabetes, strokes, brain tumor, thyroid disease, and myasthenia gravis.
In some cases, cataracts or tumors in the eye can cause strabismus. Urgent medical care is needed in these situations.
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