7 Important Facts About Glaucoma
In honor of January being National Glaucoma Awareness Month, our team at Eye Doctors of Washington is taking extra time to educate the public about this dangerous disease. Glaucoma is an extremely prevalent condition, with over 3 million people in the U.S. currently suffering from it. If you’re at a higher risk for developing glaucoma, or would like to learn basic information about the disease, read through our important facts below.
1. Glaucoma is most often caused by the aqueous fluid within the eye not draining properly, leading to fluid buildup and an increase in eye pressure.
2. There are no signs of glaucoma in its early stages, which is why the disease is called the “sneak thief of sight.”
3. The first symptom many people with glaucoma notice is a loss of peripheral vision, which eventually affects their central vision if not managed.
4. Vision loss caused by glaucoma cannot be reversed, since the pressure has already caused permanent optic nerve damage.
5. Common risk factors for glaucoma include being over the age of 60; having a family history; being of African, Asian, or Hispanic descent; suffering from diabetes; and being severely nearsighted.
6. The progression of glaucoma can be significantly slowed by catching it early and getting prompt treatment.
7. Regular eye exams are the most powerful way you can prevent vision loss from glaucoma.
Although there is no cure for glaucoma, there are many treatment options that can help control eye pressure and preserve your vision for the future. In addition to eye drops, EDOW offers state-of-the-art procedural options, include laser technologies, to effectively manage the condition.