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Glaucoma


Glaucoma is called the "sneak thief of sight." There are no obvious symptoms until late in the disease process. Side vision disappears slowly, going almost unnoticed until the damage is advanced.

Vision loss from Glaucoma is irreversible. Early detection and treatment of glaucoma can prevent vision loss. Testing is painless and simple. Because your eyes and your sight are irreplaceable, you need to have regular eye exams that include glaucoma testing.

Glaucoma is a condition defined by progressive cupping, or damage of the optic nerve head, which results in progressive vision loss if left untreated. Glaucoma may be caused by high intraocular (eye) pressure, or it can be present with normal pressure. Treatment in almost all cases is still directed at lowering eye pressure with medications, laser, or surgery.

Glaucoma Risk Factors

      Age over 50 years

      African American Heritage

      Family History of Glaucoma

      Severe Nearsightedness

      Peripheral Vascular Disease

      Previous Eye Trauma

      High Eye Pressure

 

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