National Glaucoma Awareness Month: What is It?

National Glaucoma Awareness Month: What is It?

National Glaucoma Awareness Month: What is It?Glaucoma is an eye condition that damages the optic nerve. The optic nerve is responsible for sending signals from your eye to your brain, so damage to it can lead to vision loss.

Glaucoma can develop from increased pressure in the eye, a buildup of fluid in the eye, or an injury to the eye. It can also be hereditary.

There are two main types of glaucoma: open-angle glaucoma and angle-closure glaucoma.

Open-angle glaucoma is the most common type of glaucoma. It develops slowly and doesn’t usually cause symptoms until the damage to the optic nerve is severe. Angle-closure glaucoma is less common but can be more serious because it can happen suddenly and cause severe pain.

The Early Signs of Glaucoma 

The early signs of glaucoma include:

  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • Tunnel vision
  • Difficulty adjusting to the darkness
  • Eye pain
  • Headaches
  • Nausea

You should see an eye professional if you experience any of these symptoms. A St. Louis eye doctor can check for glaucoma with a comprehensive eye exam.

What Should You Do if You Think You Have Glaucoma?

See an eye doctor right away if you think you have glaucoma. The doctor can perform tests to determine if you have the disease.

Early treatment is crucial if you have glaucoma. If glaucoma goes untreated, it can lead to vision loss and blindness.

Where Can You Get More Information About Glaucoma?

Speak with your eye doctor if you’re interested in learning more about glaucoma. You can ask them questions and get more information about the disease from them.

For more information about glaucoma, visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology website.

What Research is Being Done on Glaucoma?

Scientists are researching new ways to treat and prevent glaucoma. They are also working on new technologies to help detect glaucoma early.

Talk to your eye doctor if you are interested in participating in a clinical trial. They can tell you if any clinical trials are going on that you might be eligible for.

What Are Some Other Resources for People With Glaucoma?

If you have glaucoma, many organizations can help you. These organizations can provide information and support:

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