The silent damaging eye condition you need to know about

Damage to the eye’s optic nerve causes glaucoma. This common eye condition, is known for being silent and insidious. Sadly the first sign of glaucoma is when a person can no longer see. Glaucoma is not something a patient can prevent or treat on his own, and the only way to detect it is through an eye exam, according to the NIH.

Glaucoma occurs when pressure builds up in the eye and begins to damage the optic nerve. The condition progresses very slowly, and it can take years for the nerve damage to become severe enough to cause vision problems.

The risk of getting glaucoma is higher for people who have a family history or are diabetic. For the majority of patients, treatment includes a once-daily eye drop that reduces pressure in the eye. If drops fail, surgery may be an option.

Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician or doctor.

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