Glaucoma is a disease that damages the optic nerve of the eye. An estimated 3 million Americans have the disease, but only half of them are aware. Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness.
Glaucoma is a group of diseases that steal sight without any warning gradually over time. The vision loss is caused by damage to the optic nerve, which means early detection is vital. Early detection and treatment can help preserve vision and slow the damage caused by the disease.
Glaucoma can develop in one or both eyes. Peripheral vision is typically affected first and tunnel vision may occur as the disease progresses. There are two main types of Glaucoma. Open Angle Glaucoma causes peripheral eyesight to slowly diminish and Angle Closure Glaucoma causes pressure on the iris that interferes with fluid drainage.
Those in high risk groups include people over the age of 60, family members of those diagnosed, those with Diabetes and those who are severely nearsighted. While there is no cure for Glaucoma, medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. It is very important to schedule and show for regular eye exams in order to prevent unnecessary vision loss.
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