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Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States.


Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve – the nerve is part of the eye that carries the images we see to the brain. The optic nerve is made up of many nerve fibers, like an electric cable containing numerous wires. When damage to the optic nerve fibers occurs, blind spots develop. These blind spots usually go undetected until the optic nerve is significantly damaged. If the entire nerve is destroyed, blindness results.


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Are You at risk for Glaucoma?

Who is at risk for Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States, especially for older people. But loss of sight from glaucoma can often be prevented with early treatment. Early detection and treatment are the keys to preventing optic nerve damage and blindness from glaucoma.

  • Age
  • Family History
  • Race

Your eye doctor will weigh all of these factors before deciding whether you need treatment for glaucoma, or whether you should be monitored closely as a glaucoma suspect. This means your risk of developing glaucoma is higher than normal, and you need to have regular examinations to detect the early signs of damage to the optic nerve.

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