Glaucoma refers to a group of eye disorders that have few initial symptoms, but cause harm to the optic nerve. Glaucoma usually has higher-than-normal pressure inside the eye and will first cause loss of peripheral vision, and may eventually lead to blindness.
It is often called “The Silent Thief of Sight” because there are no warning signs. It affects more than 3 million people, but half are unaware. Catching symptoms early can slow or even fully prevent glaucoma and having a comprehensive eye exam every year is the best way to catch symptoms.
Optometrists will use a tonometer to measure your inter-ocular pressure. If your IOP is too high, your eyes are either producing too much fluid, or not draining enough fluid. Eye Drops can help keep IOP’s at an acceptable level. If those fail, surgery might be necessary.
Everyone should get checked out, but if you meet one or more of the criterion below, be sure to take extra care when talking to your doctor about the risks.
I believe [Dr Tavel] saved my husband’s eyesight by urging him to be tested further for Glaucoma even though the signs were slight. Best. Advice. Ever. The Glaucoma turned out to be much more advanced than it appeared. If the Greenwood staff hadn’t been as good as they are, the Glaucoma might have gone undetected and caused loss of vision. Instead, my husband got the needed surgery to prevent permanent damage.