What Is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that cause damage to the optical nerve. An abnormal amount of high pressure in your eye is the cause of this eye damage. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in those over 40.

While glaucoma can happen at any stage, it’s more common in older adults. Some additional risk factors include:

  • A family history of glaucoma

  • Diabetics

  • Being extremely nearsighted or farsighted

  • Individuals of African, Hispanic, or Asian descent

  • People who have experienced an eye injury or surgery

Many forms of glaucoma have no warning signs. The effects of glaucoma are so gradual you may not notice changes in your vision until the disease has progressed to an advanced stage. Therefore, it is essential to get regular dilated eye exams. We can diagnose glaucoma in its early stages, where vision loss can be slowed or prevented.

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