"SILENT THIEF OF VISION"
Glaucoma is one of those eye conditions that can occur and you don't notice until it's too late. The most common form of glaucoma is called primary open angle. Glaucoma is the #1 leading cause of blindness for African Americans and 3rd leading cause of blindness in the U.S. If it is left untreated, it can lead to significant loss of vision in both eyes and may even lead to blindness. It is vitally important to have annual dilated exams, which can allow Dr. Penney to diagnose a patient for glaucoma. This condition, which causes increased pressure within the eyeball, can be controlled with medication. There are several factors that can increase your risk of developing glaucoma. These include age(persons over the age of 60), race, a family history of glaucoma, medical conditions(i.e. diabetes, hypertension, heart disease), severe trauma, and prolonged use of corticosteroids.
Come in or call our office today to set up your comprehensive eye exam. Dr. Penney can evaluate, diagnose, and treat many problems of the eyes, including glaucoma.