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Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness. Sometimes called the “silent thief of sight,” Glaucoma can damage your vision so gradually that you don’t notice any loss of vision until the disease is at an advanced stage.
Glaucoma is an eye condition that develops when too much fluid pressure builds up inside of the eye. This increase in pressure, called intraocular pressure, can damage the optic nerve, which transmits images to the brain. If damage to the optic nerve from high eye pressure continues, Glaucoma will cause loss of vision.
Without treatment, Glaucoma can cause total permanent blindness within a few years. Because most people with Glaucoma have no early symptoms or pain from this increased pressure, it is important to have regular routine eye exams so that Glaucoma can be diagnosed and treated before long-term visual loss occurs.
If you have questions about Glaucoma, or to schedule an eye exam, please call us at 919.967.4836.
Is Glaucoma Hereditary?
A family history of glaucoma does increase the incidence of glaucoma in family members and a routine ophthalmologic examination should be scheduled.
What is the difference between ocular hypertension and glaucoma?
Ocular hypertension describes the condition where the intraocular pressure is above normal. Glaucoma describes the condition where there is damage to the eye associated with elevated intraocular pressure.
Is it possible to have glaucoma and cataracts at the same time?
Glaucoma and cataracts often appear together, as they are commonly present in older patients. There are many new surgical techniques which can help patients with both of these conditions.
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