Often called “the silent thief of sight,” glaucoma is an increase in the intraocular pressure of the eyes, which causes damage to the optic nerve with no signs or symptoms in the early stages of the disease. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to a decrease in peripheral vision and eventually blindness. Approximately 2.7 million people in the US have glaucoma but only 50% have been diagnosed. Glaucoma is an eye condition that damages the optic nerve which allows you to see. This can be caused by abnormally high pressures in your eye (which is why we use the famous PUFFER machine). This disease has no warning signs.
While there is no cure for glaucoma, there are medications and surgery available that can help halt further vision loss. Early detection and regular eye exams are vital to slowing the progress of the disease.