Glaucoma

General information

Glaucoma refers to any condition which causes damage to the optic nerve that is responsible for the communication between the eye and the brain.  It is an extremely concerning condition because it usually has no symptoms in its early stages. Screening for this condition is conducted at every comprehensive eye examination. Screening includes a measurement of eye pressure, careful examination of the optic nerve, and an assessment of peripheral vision. 

Types of glaucoma

 There are two major types of glaucoma: open-angle glaucoma and narrow angle glaucoma. The angle refers to the internal drainage structure within in the eye that controls the outflow of the fluid that is created in the eye. 

Risk Factors

  • Age
  • History of poor cardiovascular health
  • Ethnicity (African, Asian, Native, and Hispanic)
  • History of tobacco usage
  • High degrees of myopia 

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For more detailed information, please review the following: http://www.allaboutvision.com/faq/glaucoma.htm


The information contained on this page is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice. If you have concerns, please contact us to schedule an appointment.