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: