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Glaucoma is the Primary Cause of Preventable Blindness

Glaucoma is an eye condition known for causing significant damage to the eye’s optic nerve. Over time, the condition will worsen if left untreated. The disease is linked to a dangerous buildup of pressure inside your eye and tends to be inherited. For most patients, glaucoma will not make an appearance until later in life. By then, many ignore the symptoms to avoid visiting an eye doctor, which can be stressful. If left untreated, however, glaucoma may cause preventable blindness.

Glaucoma and Your Eyes

While glaucoma itself is not a preventable eye disease, it can be diagnosed and treated if caught early on. In most cases, patients can even control illness and help to prevent blindness.

As mentioned before, if left untreated, complete vision loss is possible. If glaucoma advances to such a severe stage, the lost vision cannot be restored. However, lowering eye pressure before this is the case can preserve the remaining eyesight. Most patients who undergo treatment and follow their doctor’s instructions will never go blind because of their disease.

The Warning Signs of Glaucoma

As we said, glaucoma can be treated if detected early enough. To accomplish this goal, though, patients must recognize the early warning signs and visit their doctor promptly. For starters, the warning signs of glaucoma include rapid pressure buildup in the eye, pain, blurry vision, “halos” around lights, or swollen and red eyes. If you notice these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor as soon as possible. If caught early enough, an eye specialist can help prevent total vision loss.

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While glaucoma can be a serious disease, it can be controlled and treated. Contact Your Eye Specialists for a consultation appointment by calling (302) 454-8800. If we catch the disease early enough, you’ll never have to worry about going blind from it.

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