Did you know glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world? Glaucoma is often referred to as the “silent thief of sight.” Permanent damage can occur since there is often no visible symptom until it is too late. A routine eye exam can diagnose this condition and provide early treatment options so blindness can be prevented.
Facts About Glaucoma
- Glaucoma can cause vision loss and blindness. Fluid can begin to build up in your eye, causing pressure that damages the optic nerve, that transfers visual images to your brain. But, you can save your vision with early detection and treatment.
- There are no early symptoms. Glaucoma often has no pain, discomfort or blurry vision. Only advanced glaucoma will affect your vision. Don’t wait for symptoms to visit your eye doctor!
- In the United States, half of the people who have glaucoma don’t know they do. It is reported that nearly 3 million Americans have glaucoma. Lack of awareness and the absence of symptoms are preventing people from detecting the disease early. You can change that! Ask your eye doctor if you have early signs of glaucoma.
Some people are at higher risk than others. African Americans over 40, adults over 60—especially Hispanics/Latinos—and people with a family history of glaucoma are at higher risk. Talk to your family about glaucoma. If you are at higher risk, it is especially important to have your eyes checked for early detection.
- There is only one way to know if you have glaucoma. Getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to find out if you have glaucoma. During the exam, an eye care professional places drops in your eyes to widen the pupils and looks for signs of the disease in the optic nerve.
Now that you’ve got the facts about glaucoma, make a resolution for healthier vision. Schedule a comprehensive dilated eye exam today and encourage your friends and loved ones to do the same. Visit our glaucoma page to learn more about the disease and your treatment options.
Sources: National Eye Institute, National Eye Health Education Program