Importance of Eye Exams
Regular eye exams are vital to your eye health and vision. Without regular checkups, you may not know that you have glaucoma until you start losing vision.
alf of the 3 million Americans with glaucoma don’t know they have it. “I was one of them,” says Stephanie.
Loss of side vision in her left eye was the first sign of a problem. An eye exam showed she had advanced glaucoma—a leading cause of blindness in America. “I was happily living life for the last ten years without a clue I had this disease.”
Glaucoma is known as “the silent thief of sight” because its destructive impact can happen slowly and without early symptoms. Unfortunately, the damage is irreparable.
Don’t let it steal your vision
A Silent Thief
Increased pressure damages the sensitive optic nerve fibers at the back of the eye.
How Glaucoma Works
In most cases of this disease, the normal flow and drainage of fluid within the eye is disrupted. As this flow is blocked, pressure builds inside the eye and presses on tiny vessels of the optic nerve that transmits visual signals to the brain. Left untreated, the sensitive optic nerve becomes permanently damaged, resulting in partial or total vision loss.
WATCH THIS VIDEO to learn more about glaucoma.
Regular Eye Exams Help Save Vision
Without diagnosis and treatment, the first thing you’ll notice if you have advanced glaucoma may be loss of side vision. Instead of seeing things out of the corner of your eye, your vision will become more tunnel-like. Over time, central vision may also fade into blindness.
That’s why regular visits to your eye doctor are essential. Tests can find early glaucoma, and treatment can help prevent or slow the loss of vision.
Who’s Most at Risk?
Anybody can have glaucoma, but the risk goes up if you:
Glaucoma can’t be cured, but it can be treated. The goal is to lower fluid pressure within the eye. Your eye doctor may suggest:
See your eye doctor right away if you have the symptoms below. If the office is closed, go to a hospital or clinic. Without prompt treatment, high fluid pressure in your eye could lead to blindness.
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