Glaucoma is a disease that is caused by a number of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, which is vital for good vision. The most common cause of eye damage from glaucoma is abnormally high pressure inside your eye.
There are very few warning signs for many forms of glaucoma, and the effects of glaucoma on your vision can be so gradual that you may not notice any changes in your vision until the glaucoma has advanced to a more serious stage of development. As a result, only about half of the 3 million Americans who have glaucoma today are actually aware of the disease.
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness around the world for people over the age of 60. Because any vision loss due to glaucoma cannot be recovered, it is very important to schedule regular eye exams to measure your eye pressure so that any emerging glaucoma disease can be treated early and appropriately. Early treatment of glaucoma is one of the best ways to slow the effects of glaucoma on your long-term vision, and Southern Eye Center offers a specialized glaucoma program to help preserve your sight.