What should you know about Glaucoma, the silent “thief” waiting to steal your sight?
Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in people over 40. Fortunately, almost all vision loss due to glaucoma can be prevented if the disease is detected early and treated with specially prescribed medications.
There are different varieties of glaucoma, most all of which involve a build-up of pressure inside the eye. Elevated eye pressure causes damage to the optic nerve, and if left untreated, the result is impaired vision and eventual blindness.
Primary open angle glaucoma is by far the most common form of glaucoma. The condition is painless and develops slowly without symptoms. Most people who have it are unaware that they are being robbed of their eyesight because the vision loss is so gradual. There are no warning signs, only irreversible damage to the optic nerve by the time vision problems are noticed.
Acute angle closure glaucoma, on the other hand, appears suddenly with severe pain and sharply reduced vision. It is often accompanied by nausea and vomiting. An urgent visit is usually required to relieve the pressure and prevent further damage to the eye.
DEFENDING AGAINST GLAUCOMA
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