Glaucoma is an eye disease that affects the optic nerve, which is the connection between your vision and your brain. During an eye exam, the doctor will examine the eyes for signs of glaucoma since it is considered a 'silent disease' and rarely has any symptoms noticeable to the patient. If someone develops glaucoma, it can lead to a slow loss of peripheral vision and possible blindness. With treatment, the chance of vision loss is greatly lessened. Glaucoma is treated with the use of prescription eye drops or surgery in more serious cases. Having regular comprehensive eye exams is the best way to monitor for Glaucoma and ensure that treatment is started immediately if you do develop this disease.
Written by: Dr. Smith, optometrist since 2006