You may have heard of glaucoma, but how familiar are you with this eye disease? Often, glaucoma is misunderstood. Here are 10 facts about the eye disease you need to know:
1. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness
It is estimated that three million Americans have the disease, but only half know they have it.
2. Most people don’t know they have it
Because glaucoma happens so gradually, a person with glaucoma may not realize there is a problem until they have vision loss.
3. It’s not just one eye disease.
Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve.
4. The greatest risk for glaucoma is ocular hypertension.
Ocular hypertension is described as when your eye pressure is higher than normal.
5. Everyone is at risk
While glaucoma may be associated with old age, newborns, and young adults can be affected, too.
6. Runs in the family
Having a family history of the eye disease can increase your risk.
7. There are several types
The two most common types of glaucoma are open-angle and angle-closure.
8. There may be no warning signs
Open-angle glaucoma presents no obvious signs or symptoms.
9. There is no cure, yet
While there is no cure for glaucoma, it can be treated. Early diagnosis and treatment by an eye physician can help save eyesight.
10. Early detection = Treatment
Glaucoma can be treated when it is detected early. Getting an annual eye exam is the best way to protect your vision.
Glaucoma has been called the “silent thief of sight.” Don’t live in bliss, know your risks of this eye disease. Schedule an eye exam with one of the board-certified ophthalmologists at Premier Medical.