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what is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an underestimated disease. Many people don’t realize the severity of glaucoma, or who is affected. Left untreated, glaucoma can cause blindness and it is the second leading cause of blindness in the world.

Glaucoma is a condition in which the passages that allow fluid in the eye to drain become clogged or blocked. The amount of fluid in the eye builds up and causes elevated pressure inside the eye. The elevated pressure damages the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain and is the main carrier of vision information to the brain. Damage to the optic nerve results in permanent vision loss.

Symptoms of Glaucoma

OPEN-ANGLE GLAUCOMA

  • Most people have NO symptoms until they begin to lose vision
  • Gradual loss of peripheral (side) vision (also called tunnel vision)

ANGLE-CLOSURE GLAUCOMA

  • Symptoms may come and go at first, or steadily become worse
  • Sudden, severe pain in one eye
  • Decreased or cloudy vision
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rainbow-like halos around lights
  • Red eye
  • Eye feels swollen

CONGENITAL GLAUCOMA

  • Symptoms are usually noticed when the child is a few months old
  • Cloudiness of the front of the eye
  • Enlargement of one eye or both eyes
  • Red eye
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Tearing

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