Glaucoma is a disease that affects the optic nerve. In most cases, eye pressure is raised higher than normal. The high eye pressure slowly causes damage to the optic nerve, and therefore destroys vision as it progresses. Often times, you cannot feel the raised eye pressure, so glaucoma can go undetected unless your eye doctor diagnoses it.
The good news is that glaucoma is a treatable eye disease, and usually does not have to lead to blindness as long as it is treated. In most cases, glaucoma is treated with eye drops. The eye drops work by reducing the pressure in the eye, therefore preventing the optic nerve from damage. When eye drops aren’t effective, there are other treatments available.
It is important to remember that there are many forms of glaucoma, and it is important to have you eyes examined thoroughly every year.
Please ask Dr. Bonds if you have any questions about your eye health.