High Eye Pressure & Glaucoma: Why an Early Diagnosis is Key

July 13, 2017 by Elizabeth   |   Leave a Comment

The term glaucoma refers to multiple diseases where the eye’s optic nerve can become damaged. The most common kind, open-angle glaucoma, happens as a result of high eye pressure. Also known as ocular hypertension, this is when fluid drains too slowly out of the front part of the eye. This fluid builds up, and the pressure inside the eye rises.

Glaucoma can cause peripheral and central vision loss and even blindness. Anyone can get it, and there are no symptoms early on. That’s one reason why regular eye exams are important.

Watch Peter Netland, MD, explain eye pressure and glaucoma.

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  1. That’s good to know that glaucoma can lead to blindness. I would hate to not be able to see, so it would be nice to avoid that if at all possible. I should take a look into getting a glaucoma test to make sure I get that treated right away if I ever am in that situation.

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