World Glaucoma Week

This week is World Glaucoma Week!

Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders that if left untreated cause damage to the optic nerve resulting in permanent loss of vision.

Generally glaucoma damage is cause by fluids inside the eye causing intraocular pressure to increase to a higher than the particular optic nerve can tolerate.

Glaucoma is called “the silent thief of vision” because  the disease usually produces no symptoms. The damage caused by glaucoma is irreversible. The disease cannot be cured, but fortunately when it is diagnosed early and management is implemented, vision can be preserved.

 Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world. During this week, worldwide we want to promote awareness of this group of diseases and encourage people to undergo visit to consult their optometric physician for dilated eye exams to permit timely diagnosis of eye disorders and implement treatment.

For more information regarding glaucoma visit these posts on Eyecare.org:

Glaucoma: The Sneak Thief of Sight

Early Detection and Treatment is Key in Protecting Against Glaucoma

Dr. Rodolfo Rodriguez

About Dr. Rodolfo Rodriguez

Dr. Rodriguez has been a practicing optometrist in Hudson County New Jersey since 1982. He is a past president of the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians and a member of the American Optometric Association. Dr. Rodriguez frequently provides continuing education to colleagues in the aresa of Ocular Surface Diseases, Glaucoma, Dry Eye Disease, Ocular Allergy, Viral Eye Diseases, Oral Medications as well as new medications.

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