Facts on glaucoma:

  • Irreversible damage to the optic nerve causing side vision loss
  • Usually due to high eye pressure
  • Usually no symptoms until permanent vision loss
  • One of the leading causes of blindness


  • No symptom in most cases until significant loss of side vision
  • In cases when there is a sudden rise in eye pressure, one may experience eye pain, blurry vision and halos around lights

Risk Factors:

  • Age of 60 or over
  • High amount of nearsightness
  • History of eye surgery
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • Patient of Afriacan descent


  • Early detection is crucial to effective treatments, so the best prevention is regular comprehensive eye exam.


  • Eye drops to decrease eye pressure
  • Surgeries, again to lower eye pressure,  may be required when eye drops are ineffective

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