Glaucoma’s effect on your vision, Part 1

Glaucoma’s effect on your vision, Part 1

Introduction Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the U.S.  The disease causes progressive damage to the optic nerve, irreversible vision loss and blindness if left untreated. Glaucoma most often occurs in people over age 40, although a congenital or infantile form of glaucoma exists.  The most common form of glaucoma, primary open-angle glaucoma, is associated with an increase in the fluid pressure inside the eye. This increase in pressure may cause progressive damage to the optic nerve and loss of nerve fibers, which results in vision loss.  Advanced glaucoma may even cause blindness.  Not everyone with high eye pressure will develop glaucoma, and many people with normal eye pressure will develop glaucoma. When eye care providers measure eye pressure, your results are compared to a…