What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma isn’t just one disease. It’s a group of diseases that typically occurs when your intraocular pressure (IOP) levels rise to an unstable point, damaging your optic nerve and causing vision loss.
In many cases, you may not experience any symptoms until your vision is already permanently damaged, but an eye exam can help catch these issues.
Please be aware of these risk factors and how they could contribute to glaucoma development:
- A family history of glaucoma
- Extreme nearsightedness or farsightedness
- Past eye injuries
- Corticosteroid medication use
- Medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or even high blood pressure
- Over 60 years old
- High IOP levels