Glaucoma is an eye disease that approximately 3 million Americans deal with every day, and is the second most common cause of blindness in the U.S. Adults over the age of 40 with a family history of glaucoma or high eye pressure from conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or cardiovascular disease are all at a greater risk of developing the disease.
There’s a reason ophthalmologists refer to glaucoma as the “silent thief of sight.” The disease typically has no early signs or symptoms until vision loss begins, and as much as 40% of your vision can be lost without you realizing that you have a problem.
Glaucoma has no initial symptoms or warning signs, and any vision loss that does occur is permanent. Vision can be preserved if glaucoma is discovered at an early stage and treated. However, if left untreated, glaucoma can lead to blindness. (more…)