What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is the buildup of pressure behind the eye due to the accumulation of fluid. It can affect everyone from infants to senior citizens and can result in vision loss and blindness. However, with early detection and treatment, you can often protect your eyes against serious vision loss.Glaucoma is usually a silent, painless disease that can cause progressive loss of vision leading to blindness. It is often called "a silent thief of vision" because it is often undiagnosed.Most studies show that at least half of all persons with glaucoma do not know that they have this potentially blinding condition.If you are over the age of 40, have a family history of glaucoma, have diabetes, or are African American or Hispanic, you may at an increased risk of having glaucoma.Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness and visual impairment for Americans, affecting as many as 2.7 million people nationwide*.Please schedule an appointment at Shah Eye Center so this can be thoroughly evaluated.