Glaucoma is the term used to describe a few different eye conditions that develop when the optic nerve is damaged. For people 60+, it's the leading cause of blindness. However, younger people can get it as well. It's often found that the beginning stages of this eye disease can appear with no symptoms. If you wonder whether you have glaucoma, you need to see a family optometrist for your eye care.
What Causes Glaucoma?
Glaucoma occurs when the optic nerve is damaged. Typically, this damage is caused by increased interocular pressure. There is a liquid inside the eye called aqueous humor. In the areas where the iris and cornea come together, there's a type of tissue that drains this thick fluid. When this fluid cannot drain, it builds up inside the eye, causing interocular pressure to rise. There are also cases where this fluid is simply made in too much volume, and this can also cause high pressure. If you have relatives with glaucoma, you are more likely to develop it.
The symptoms that you have depended on how far the condition has progressed. You might start to see blind spots or develop tunnel vision. Many patients also report having nausea, vomiting, severe headaches, eye pain, red eyes, blurred vision, and having halos appear around lights. Most of these symptoms will be apparent once the condition has had some time to progress. Make sure you get your yearly eye exam to check for this eye disease. Getting an early diagnosis can help to save your vision. Some treatments can stop the condition from progressing any further, or at least slow down the progression, but lost vision cannot be retrieved.
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