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Glaucoma Prevention & Treatment for Sandy, UT

Glaucoma is a grouping of diseases that cause irreparable damage to the optic nerves of the eyes. If untreated, glaucoma can lead to blindness. The progress of this disease can be slowed or stopped if treated upon a timely diagnosis. At Mountain States Eye Center, our doctors can perform the appropriate eye tests to diagnose glaucoma and set up the best route of treatment. In Sandy, UT, they are here to provide you with excellent glaucoma care.

Common forms of glaucoma include:

  • Closed-angle glaucoma may develop gradually or suddenly. Blurred vision, pain, nausea and dilated pupils can accompany the onset.
  • Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of the disease. It develops over time, typically without pain or discomfort. Vision will decrease, ultimately resulting in blindness.
  • Normal tension glaucoma is a less common form of the disease. In most cases, it is associated with arterial hypotension.

Options to Manage Your Glaucoma

As soon as an accurate diagnosis is made, treatment should begin. Immediate treatment can minimize risk of permanent damage. Because glaucoma is incurable, management focuses on prevention of continued damage and symptom relief. The doctors with Mountain States Eye Care will evaluate the extent of which you suffer from glaucoma and will treat you accordingly. Treatments include:

  • Prescription eye drops reduce the production of fluid in the front of the eye. They also help drain excess fluid buildup.
  • Laser surgery will increase the expression of fluid from the eye. This aims to eliminate fluid blockages by means of laser trabeculoplasty, iridotomy or cyclophotocoagulation.
  • Microsurgery creates a new channel to drain fluid from the eye, reducing pressure by means of trabeculectomy. Surgery is typically a last resort after medication and laser procedures prove ineffective.

Contact the Specialists in Sandy

Regularly scheduled eye exams are the best preventative care you can have against glaucoma. Call Mountain States Eye Center for the Sandy area today at (801) 277-1087 to schedule an appointment and learn more about this disease.