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Glaucoma

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is the name for a group of diseases that can destroy the optic nerve. The optic nerve is a bundle of nerve fibers that carries information from the eye to the brain.

Glaucoma can lead to irreversible blindness by damaging the optic nerve.

Glaucoma literally means "hard eyeball." Any one of the conditions classified as glaucoma can lead to irreversible blindness by damaging the optic nerve.

Symptoms of Glaucoma

Unfortunately, in the early stages of glaucoma, the only symptom is a gradual loss of vision. Vision loss usually begins with the peripheral vision. Peripheral vision is what you can see off to the sides when you are looking straight ahead.

Can Glaucoma be Treated?

Yes. However, glaucoma cannot be cured. The kind of treatment will depend on the type of glaucoma. Some of the most common treatments are medication and eye surgery.

Treatments administered in the early stages will help prevent blindness. The longer glaucoma goes untreated, the more serious the vision loss will be.

Can Glaucoma be Prevented?

Yes. The best way to prevent developing glaucoma is to go to an eye doctor and have regular eye exams.

Types of Glaucoma

There are several different types of glaucoma. The most common is called "open-angle".

Other types of glaucoma are:

  • Acute angle-closure
  • Chronic angle-closure
  • Neovascular glaucoma
  • Pigment dispersion and e
  • Exfoliation glaucoma
  • Normal-pressure glaucoma
  • low-pressure glaucoma
  • Infantile glaucoma

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