Glaucoma is a complicated disease in which damage to the optic nerve leads to progressive, irreversible vision loss. It is a condition of increased pressure within the eyeball, causing gradual loss of sight. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness and preventable with timely check-ups with a Specialist.
Who is at risk of glaucoma?
If you are over 40 years old, have a family history of glaucoma or are of Asian/African or Hispanic heritage, you have a higher chance of developing glaucoma. Other risk factors include:
- High myopia or hyperopia
- Experienced a previous eye injury/surgery
- Diabetes or other health concerns