Glaucoma is a complicated disease in which damage to the optic nerve leads to progressive, irreversible vision loss. This condition is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide. There are typically no early warning signs or painful symptoms of open-angle glaucoma. It develops slowly and sometimes without noticeable sight loss for many years.
By the time a patient is aware of vision loss, the disease is usually quite advanced. Without proper treatment, glaucoma can lead to blindness. The good news is that with regular eye exams, early detection, and treatment, you can preserve your vision.
Everyone is at risk for glaucoma. However, certain groups are at higher risk than others