Glaucoma is an eye disease known for the intense pressure it causes on the inside of the eye. It is caused by multiple eye conditions that result in optic nerve damage and can cause blind spots and loss of vision.
This condition is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. The damage can happen gradually, and many do not even notice it until the disease has reached advanced stages. The most common type of glaucoma comes with almost no symptoms other than gradual vision loss, causing those affected not to take notice.
Primary open-angle glaucoma, the harder of the types to detect, only includes gradual loss of peripheral vision, leading to tunnel vision in advanced stages. This usually occurs in both eyes and goes unnoticed by many. Acute angle-closure glaucoma, another common type of condition, is completely different in its signs and symptoms. The symptoms can include eye pain, sudden onset of visual disturbance, blurred vision, halos around lights, reddening of the eye, and even nausea and vomiting, caused by the pain. Eventually, all types of glaucoma can lead to blindness if not treated.
Unfortunately, there is no absolute cure for glaucoma, nor can the damaged vision be restored. Early treatment options for the condition include eye drops, oral medications, or surgery. If caught early enough and treated appropriately, the damage can be prevented!
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