a condition in which elevated pressure in the eye damages the optic nerve,
and then total blindness. It is widely noted as the second-leading cause
of blindness in the U.S.
Symptoms: There may be no early warning signs, so optometrical exams are crucial.
pain, blurred vision and the appearance of coloured rings around lights
are leading indicators.
Treatment: Once diagnosed, glaucoma treatments are highly
effective. Prescription eyedrops,
oral medications, laser treatment or even surgery may be involved. If
untreated, glaucoma can cause blindness, and there are no cures.
Prevention: Because there may be few symptoms, and vision
lost to glaucoma cannot be restored (the condition can only be halted), frequent monitoring for glaucoma is
essential. The risk for glaucoma increases
dramatically after age 35 and is often hereditary.
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