Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world.
Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that causes damage to the optic nerve in the eye over time. The damage to the optic nerve can lead to irreversible vision loss. Here is some important information you need to know about glaucoma:
- Anyone can develop glaucoma. Even babies can be born with the condition.
- People over the age of 60 years are six times more likely to develop glaucoma.
- African Americans are six to eight times more likely to develop glaucoma than are Caucasians.
- Heredity is a risk factor. If you have an immediate family member with glaucoma your risk of developing glaucoma increases four to nine times.
- The most common form of glaucoma is open-angle glaucoma. There are virtually no symptoms.
- There is no cure for glaucoma and vision lost cannot be restored.
- Regular eye exams can detect glaucoma at an early stage.
- Although there is no cure, medications and/or surgery can potentially stop vision loss.
- Diagnosis of glaucoma is extremely important and having a complete eye exam every one to two years can detect glaucoma, which can then be treated right away.
For more information, visit the Glaucoma Research Foundation.