Smiling couple with well-managed glaucoma


​Once you've lost any amount of vision due to glaucoma, it's gone for good. Though it begins without symptoms, glaucoma is easily diagnosed.

How? By visiting the eye doctors at Progressive Eye Care for routine eye disease screenings, which are included in your regular eye exams.

Our office can protect your sight and offer glaucoma treatment for patients in Draper, Sandy, and South Jordan, UT — so don't delay.

Our Team Routinely Screens for Glaucoma Here Are the Basics You Should Know

It's Initially Asymptomatic

The reason why glaucoma is so dangerous is because many people don't even realize they have the condition. It can easily worsen over time, leading to permanent vision loss. Fortunately, you can take a preventative approach with routine screenings and exams.

There Are Multiple Types

Glaucoma has a variety of different types and subtypes, which can impact their presentation and progression. Three of the most common kinds that our eye doctors see are called open-angle glaucoma, normal-pressure glaucoma, and angle-closure glaucoma.

It Causes Optic Nerve Damage

When drainage canals in your eye cannot release the normal amounts of aqueous humor — or any amount at all — your intraocular pressure (IOP), or eye pressure, will rise. It creates the conditions for glaucoma, damaging your optic nerve and worsening your vision. 

Understanding Common Types Of Glaucoma

Our South Jordan, UT, ophthalmology office pairs every glaucoma diagnosis with patient education. If you've recently been diagnosed, have a family history, or are interested in preventative eye disease screenings, here's what you need to know about some of the main types.
Normal fluid flow showing drainage canal flow. Open-Angle Glaucoma showing the drainage canal blocked because of the obstructed trabecular meshwork

Open-Angle Glaucoma

When we see a patient for glaucoma, they likely have the most common kind: open-angle glaucoma. It's caused by improper, partial drainage of the aqueous humor. Essentially, only a fraction of the necessary release can occur.

As a result, it may lead your eye pressure to increase. There is an exception, though: normal-pressure glaucoma. While your average eye pressure remains the same, it's still a serious type of glaucoma and will need prompt care just like all the other types.

Normal fluid flow showing drainage canal. Angle-closure Glaucoma showing the pressure pushing the iris against the cornea, blocking trabecular meshwork. The iris and lens then stick together.

Angle-Closure Glaucoma

Unlike other types of glaucoma, angle-closure glaucoma can progress quickly, potentially leading to swift changes in your quality of vision. It's marked by a complete obstruction in your drainage canals. As a result, no aqueous humor will be able to flow out of your eye.

This causes your eye pressure to increase — and any worsening of your vision will be lifelong. You should always visit us if you ever notice any changes in your eyesight because the danger can be permanent and severe, similar to angle-closure glaucoma.

Our Established Affiliations

American Academy of Optometry
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
Utah Board of Optometry
American Board of Optometry
American Board of Opthalmology
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

From Sandy to Draper, UT Patients Trust Our Eye Doctors


Karlene Jimenez

South Jordan, UT


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I had a great experience at Progressive Eye Care. Everyone was friendly and professional. Dr. Hope took the time to explain the procedures and treatment options thoroughly. I would definitely recommend this practice!

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Jennifer elison

South Jordan, UT


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What an amazing office! So friendly and kind. 100% confidence in this office. Dr Broadhead is second to none. I will refer all my friends and family to him.

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How Our Doctors Diagnose Glaucoma

Each eye exam at our Draper-area office includes a glaucoma screening. For patients with a family history or other related risks, we can also do:

Visual Field Testing

Our doctors use visual field testing to determine if you have glaucoma. Most notably, the symptoms can be evident by decreased peripheral vision. Finally, if you visit us consistently for eye exams, we can tell if you ever lose peripheral vision over time — making it easier to address eye problems as they're happening.

OCT Scans

Another method that we use for glaucoma diagnosis is an optic coherence tomography, or OCT, scan. It may be paired with eye drops to cause dilation. This type of imaging will show us what your optic nerve looks like. If we see evidence of glaucoma-related optic nerve damage, we can give you case-specific treatment in our South Jordan, UT, office.

Need Additional Care? We Can Refer to Trusted Specialists


If you require more complex treatment, we're happy to help. We can refer you to a trusted local specialist so that you don't have to waste time looking for the care you need. After all, with glaucoma, time is of the essence.

Even in Emergencies Patients Can Rely on Us

"Excellent service, caring and attentive. I called in with somewhat of an emergency and even though they were closing, they told me to come in to be seen. Above and beyond." David Arellano

How Can I Cover the Costs Of My Glaucoma Treatment?

With glaucoma treatment, you're investing in lasting vision for years to come. We accept several payment options, in addition to cash and credit cards, like:

Vision Insurance

Your vision insurance will cover at least a portion of the costs for routine eye disease screenings, treatment, and eye exams.

Medical Insurance

You can also potentially use your medical insurance to help with glaucoma treatment, such as MIGS. We can help you explore your options.

Payment Plans

No patient should have to choose between their eyesight and their budget. For streamlined care, we can work with you to outline a payment plan.

Doctor Broadhead checking patient's eyes

Progressive Eye Care

Dr. Jeffrey Broadhead, OD and his team of optometry and ophthalmology professionals provide comprehensive treatments to improve the vision of patients from our offices in South Jordan, UT. Our doctors are members of professional associations, including:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology,
  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • American Optometric Association
  • Utah Optometric Association
  • Orthokeratology Academy of America

To schedule an appointment at our South Jordan optometry practice, you can contact us online or give us a call at (801) 676-2020.

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