Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve and eventually lead to blindness. The damage is usually caused by high pressure within the eye. Glaucoma is sometimes called “the silent thief of sight”, because it doesn’t cause any symptoms before doing permanent damage to your vision.
Some risk factors can make you more vulnerable to glaucoma, including:
- Family history
- Race (African-Americans are more susceptible)
- Steroid use
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Eye trauma
Globally, glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness. If detected early, much of this blindness is preventable. Annual eye exams can catch glaucoma early, allowing for timely treatment. Contact us today to schedule a comprehensive vision exam, which includes a glaucoma screening.