Glaucoma, the "Silent Thief of Sight!"
A recent report of vision problems in the US shows a 22 percent increase of glaucoma cases compared to 2002. This US report from Prevent Blindness America and the National Eye Institute indicates more than 2.7 million Americans, age 40 and older, have glaucoma. Even more concerning is only about half of the estimated Americans who have glaucoma are aware they have the condition. Early symptoms of glaucoma are often unnoticed as the disease progresses. In this way, glaucoma is the silent thief of sight.
Dr. Shawn Parker and Dr. Brad Stuckenschneider of EyeCare Specialists can help! Early detection and treatment can help preserve your vision. Some risk factors for glaucoma include age, family history, refractive error, past eye injury or surgery, and low blood pressure. Studies have also shown glaucoma is more prevalent in patients with African or Hispanic ancestry. If you feel you may be at risk for glaucoma, contact our office at 800-455-EYES (3937) to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a disease that damages the eye's optic nerve. The optic nerve sends signals from the retina to the brain. The most common form of glaucoma is open-angle glaucoma. Typically, open-angle glaucoma has no symptoms in its early stages and vision remains normal. As the optic nerve becomes more damaged, blank spots begin to appear in the field of vision. Vision decreases typically beginning with peripheral vision, but if left untreated, glaucoma may also cause permanent damage to central vision.