Glaucoma can develop when too much fluid pressure builds up inside the eye.
This increased pressure can damage the optic nerve, which transmits images to the brain. If damage to the optic nerve from high eye pressure continues, glaucoma will cause loss of vision. Without treatment, glaucoma can cause permanent blindness within a few years.
Sometimes glaucoma does not present symptoms or pain from this increased pressure early on. Therefore, it is important to see an optometrist regularly so that glaucoma can be diagnosed and treated before long-term visual loss occurs, especially if there is a family history of this disease.
If you are over the age of 45 and if you have a family history of glaucoma, you should have a complete eye exam every year.
Schedule an appointment today to rule out this and other eye diseases.