What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can cause vision loss and blindness by damaging a nerve in the back of your eye called the optic nerve. The symptoms can start so slowly that you may not notice them. The only way to find out if you have it is to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam. There’s no cure for the disease, but early treatment can often stop the damage and protect your vision.
What are the types?
What are the symptoms?
At first, it doesn’t usually have any symptoms. That’s why half of people with this disease don’t even know they have it. Over time, you may slowly lose vision, usually starting with your side (peripheral) vision — especially the part of your vision that’s closest to your nose. Because it happens so slowly, many people can’t tell that their vision is changing, especially at first. But as the disease gets worse, you may start to notice that you can’t see things off to the side anymore. Without treatment, glaucoma can eventually cause blindness.
Am I at risk?
Anyone can get it, but some people are at higher risk. You’re at higher risk if you:
- Are over age 60
- Are African American or Hispanic/Latino and over age 40
- Have a family history of glaucoma
Talk with your doctor about your risks, and ask how often you need to get checked.
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