Untreated glaucoma can lead to blindness. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide. Your eye doctor can screen you for glaucoma during your regular eye exam. Although there is no cure for glaucoma, early detection and treatment can manage the condition and prevent vision loss.
Glaucoma involves lifelong treatment and monitoring. Most people with open-angle glaucoma respond well to eye drop medications. Surgery may be necessary if eye drops fail to reduce intraocular pressure. Laser surgery is used to open the canals in people with open-angled glaucoma. Lasers can also be used to open the iris in people with closed-angle glaucoma. In some cases, glaucoma filtration surgery called trabeculectomy is used to create a new drainage system for the eye.
Am I at Risk
People who are farsighted are at greatest risk for angle closure glaucoma. Open angle glaucoma often runs in families but anybody can develop it. People who have sleep apnea are also at risk.
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