It has been called by some ‘high blood pressure of the eye,’ but it exacts a terrible toll. Glaucoma is the leading cause of permanent blindness in the world. Now certainly, it affects over 3 million people in the United States alone. Although the condition is most severe in the elderly, glaucoma affects all ages, including the newborn. Once vision is lost from glaucoma, it is lost forever. Unfortunately, many individuals who have glaucoma won’t know it until it’s too late. As the population ages and we live longer, glaucoma and it’s devastating consequences are expected to reach near epidemic levels. Now, a regular visit to your ophthalmologist can help detect a problem early and lead to treatment. It is not painful. It’s an easy test. In a sense, what they do is take a little ‘poof’ which hits your eye. If you’ve ever had it, it’s annoying, but it does not hurt and it can save your vision.
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