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What is Glaucoma?

Similar to your blood, your eye has pressure. When intraocular pressure (IOP) rises to dangerous levels, it harms the optic nerve. With very high pressure, or higher than normal pressure over a period of time if not diagnosed and treated correctly, vision loss can occur and blindness may eventually result.

Glaucoma is currently the 2nd overall leading cause of blindness in the US (close to 6 million pp). Risk factors include hereditary, age (40+), nearsighted, race (African American & Hispanic have highest detection rates), and medical conditions such as diabetes – however, glaucoma can happen to anyone even if you don’t fit the profile.

Typically, glaucoma has no symptoms which makes preventative care with regular exam eyes critical. Make an appointment with your Columbia SC optometrist yearly for a comprehensive eye exam to evaluate your optic nerve, visual field and eye pressure and determine if you are at risk for the disease.

Treating Glaucoma

Glaucoma treatment for the most part is the prescribing of eye drops to either decrease the production of fluid in the eye and or enhance the outflow. It's not that simple in that some cases require surgery but that is not the rule.

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