Glaucoma – The Thief of Sight

What do three million people in the US and 80 million people worldwide have in common?  They are all living with Glaucoma, an eye disease that damages the optic nerve and causes vision loss.  Glaucoma has been referred to as the “Thief of Sight” since its most common form begins with virtually no symptoms. 

If glaucoma begins with no symptoms, how do you determine if you have developed this eye disease?  Comprehensive annual eye exams are key in detecting it early to help minimize progression.  Since you cannot reverse the damage, it is paramount that it is diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.  Discuss options for treatment with your eye care professional to find out what is best for you.

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It is important to point out that anyone at any age can develop glaucoma; however, here are some facts that can help you to determine if you are at an increased risk:

  • Everyone over the age of 60
  • African-Americans over the age of 40 
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • Diabetes
  • Extreme near-sightedness (myopia)
  • Far-sightedness (hyperopia)
  • History of eye injuries
  • History of elevated intraocular pressure

There are two main types of glaucoma; open-angle and closed-angle.  Open-angle is the most common and develops slowly.  Closed-angle occurs acutely.  If you are experiencing any of the below symptoms, please connect with your eye care professional.

The symptoms of open-angle Glaucoma are:

  • Gradually progressive visual field loss
  • Optic nerve changes

Symptoms of closed-angle Glaucoma include: 

  • Sudden ocular pain 
  • Seeing halos around lights 
  • Red eye 
  • Very high intraocular pressure
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Sudden decreased vision 
  • Fixed, mid-dilated pupil(s)

If you or someone you know has lost vision due to glaucoma, there are many tools available that can assist you in continuing your daily routines and remain independent. We offer everything from simple solutions such as lamps to add better lighting to your home or filter lenses to help with glare control to more advanced technology to help you read your mail and continue with your hobbiesConnect with us to learn more.

Jan 13, 2021

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