Glaucoma is an eye disease that can progress slowly with few symptoms. If not caught early, it can damage structures in your eye before you know it. The result can be a permanent loss of vision. Here is what you need to know about this eye disease and how to keep it from affecting your vision.
Increased Pressure in the Eye is the Problem
Your eyeball keeps its shape by being filled with a thick fluid called the vitreous humor. Special ducts in the eye allow fluid to escape as new fluid is added to maintain a consistent pressure in the eye. Glaucoma disrupts the balance of pressure in the eyeball.
When you have this eye disease, the ducts in the eye no longer drain sufficient fluid and your eye may produce more vitreous humor. This causes the pressure in your eye to gradually increase. If the pressure in the eye becomes high enough, the optic nerve can be damaged, causing partial or total blindness. Because this increase in pressure is so gradual, you may not have symptoms until your vision has been affected.
Symptoms of Glaucoma
When people do experience symptoms from this high pressure in the eye, they may disregard them as something minor and not get their eyes examined. If your have any of the following symptoms, get into your ophthalmology clinic right away.
Your eye doctor will do a number of easy tests to determine if you're showing signs of glaucoma.
While there is no cure for glaucoma, your eye doctor can recommend treatments that reduce the pressure in your eye and the potential damage to your optic nerve.
For more information on eye health, consider contacting a professional like Jo Johnson, M.D.
Hello there! I'm Jessica Goodyear. I am an unofficial expert on cosmetic procedures--mostly because I've had a lot of them done. Some people judge me or think I'm fake, but I feel more like myself than I ever have before! It all started when I was a teenager. I broke my nose playing softball, and I had to have plastic surgery on my nose so that I could breathe properly. But my nose looked different afterwards, and I liked it better! Now I save up my money to get something done every few years. Whether it's teeth whitening or veneers, a little bit of liposuction, or new cheekbones, there's something so satisfying about letting your inner beauty shine out through your outer body. I started this site to help break the stereotypes about cosmetic surgeries and to talk about some of the health risks related to them. Check it out!