What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a disease that damages the eye’s optic nerve as a result of a build up of pressure within the eye. It is currently the leading cause of blindness, which is why everyone in the ophthalmology world also knows it as the “Thief of Sight”.
Three types of glaucoma can develop within the eye: open-angle, angle-closure, and normal tension glaucoma. Though there is no cure for glaucoma, there are ways to prevent it from getting worse. Think of glaucoma as a fever that never goes away, so you must learn to manage it before it worsens. The most popular treatments to manage glaucoma involve having surgery to lower eye pressure, take prescribed medication to help lower the production of aqueous liquid in the eye, or MIGS.
There are no visible signs that appear when one has glaucoma, which makes your annual eye exams that much more important. If a Precision Vision opthalomologis notices someone has unnatural high eye pressure (ocular hypertension) yet no signs of eye damage, they label these patients as “glaucoma suspects”. These glaucoma suspects have a higher risk of developing glaucoma later on in life and should be carefully monitored by your Precision Vision eye doctor.