The term glaucoma refers to a group of progressive diseases that cause damage to the optic nerve within the eye. The optic nerve is responsible for sending visual information from the eye to the brain, and when it is damaged by glaucoma significant vison loss can occur. However, this vision loss can happen slowly and can go unnoticed, until too much irreversible damage has occurred. For this reason, glaucoma is known as the “silent eye disease.” Luckily glaucoma can be diagnosed by your optometrist, and many treatment options exist in order to prevent blindness.
Many of you have probably heard the term "glaucoma" before but are unsure of what it actually is. In truth, many patient confuse cataracts and glaucoma quite often. There are many different forms of glaucoma, many of which can be managed with simple medications if caught early on.