You may be a Glaucoma Suspect if a Family Member has been Diagnosed

Glaucoma affects over 3 million people in the United States and is the second leading cause of blindness. Some people may be identified as a “Glaucoma Suspect” prior to actually being diagnosed with the disease. This assessment will be made by your eye doctor based on a combination of risk factors. One key factor is family history. If someone in your family has been diagnosed with Glaucoma, your risk increases four to nine times.

What is Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a group of progressive diseases of the optic nerve usually associated with elevated intraocular pressure. The most common type is Open-Angle Glaucoma which generally begins with no symptoms but if left untreated will lead to vision loss. Vision loss typically begins with peripheral vision loss and escalating to complete blindness in some cases. Some people can be born with Glaucoma or it can occur due to trauma. Continue reading You may be a Glaucoma Suspect if a Family Member has been Diagnosed

Are You Showing Signs of Glaucoma?

What is Glaucoma?

Mature African woman smiling at cameraGlaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve and is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. This condition is characterized by a particular pattern of progressive damage to the optic nerve that generally begins with a subtle loss of side vision (peripheral vision). If glaucoma is not diagnosed and treated, it can progress to loss of central vision and blindness. Glaucoma is usually, but not always, associated with elevated pressure in the eye (intraocular pressure). Generally, it is this elevated eye pressure that leads to damage of the eye (optic) nerve. In some cases, glaucoma may occur in the presence of normal eye pressure. This form of glaucoma is called “normal tension glaucoma” (NTG) and is usually associated with poor regulation of blood flow to the optic nerve. Continue reading Are You Showing Signs of Glaucoma?