Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, which is what connects the eye to the brain, and is vital for good vision. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness for people over the age of 60, however it can occur at any age. Glaucoma is most often caused by abnormally high pressure inside the eye.
Nearly all forms of glaucoma have no warning signs! The effect is so gradual that you may not notice a change in vision until the condition is at an advanced stage.
Because vision loss due to glaucoma can't be recovered, it's important to have regular eye exams that include measurements of your eye pressure so a diagnosis can be made in its early stages and treated appropriately. If glaucoma is recognized early, vision loss can be slowed or prevented. If you have the condition, you'll generally need treatment for the rest of your life. All doctors at Carlson-Tillisch are well-trained to manage glaucoma, call today for your comprehensive eye exam!