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Glaucoma Knowledge Center

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Updated November 13, 2012

Often referred to as the sneaky thief of sight, glaucoma refers to a group of diseases that cause damage to the optic nerve. If left untreated, glaucoma may cause vision loss and blindness. Vision loss is usually due to increased pressure inside the eye.

Facts About Glaucoma:

Glaucoma is a very serious eye disease, causing blindness if left untreated. Many people affected by glaucoma are unaware of their condition. The best way to protect yourself from glaucoma is to find out all you can about the disease.

Types of Glaucoma:

There are several types of glaucoma. Different types of glaucoma require different treatments.

Glaucoma Risk Factors:

Although everyone is at risk for developing glaucoma, certain people are at higher risk than others.

Testing for Glaucoma:

Many people have glaucoma and are unaware of it. There are usually no signs or symptoms in the early stages of the eye disease. An eye doctor can usually detect signs of glaucoma before nerve damage occurs.

Treatment for Glaucoma:

Doctors use several different methods for treating glaucoma, depending on the type and severity of the disease.

Life with Glaucoma:

A glaucoma diagnosis is cause for concern, but most cases of the disease can be managed to prevent major loss of vision. While there is no cure for glaucoma, several treatments are available to help prevent further vision loss.

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