Glaucoma is a slow, progressive disease of the optic nerve. When the eye pressure is too high for an individual eye, it can cause damage to the optic nerve and therefore, cause the patient to start losing peripheral vision. When the disease is in its mild and moderate stages, it is typically a “silent disease,” meaning that patients are often asymptomatic. When diagnosed in the severe stages of the disease, oftentimes, irreversible vision loss has occurred.
Therefore, it is important that every patient is evaluated yearly with a dilated fundus examination and intra-ocular pressure check. At Avant Eyes Optometry, these tests are offered at every examination.