Glaucoma is not just one eye disease, but a group of eye conditions resulting in optic nerve damage, which causes loss of vision. The abnormally high pressure inside your eye (intraocular pressure) usually, but not always, causes this damage.
Glaucoma Facts and Stats
Everyone is at risk for glaucoma
- From babies to senior citizens
- Older people are at a higher risk
- Babies can be born with glaucoma
- Young adults can get also glaucoma
- African Americans are most susceptible at a young age
There may be no symptoms to warn you
There are virtually no symptoms with the most common form, open-angle glaucoma.
Usually, no pain is associated with increased eye pressure
- Vision loss begins with peripheral or side vision.
- You may compensate for this unconsciously by turning your head to the side.
- You may not notice anything until significant vision is lost.
What you can do…
The best way to protect your sight from glaucoma is to get tested.
If you have glaucoma, treatment can begin immediately.
There is no cure for glaucoma
Glaucoma is not curable and lost vision cannot be regained.
With medication and/or surgery, it is possible to halt further loss of vision.
Open-angle glaucoma is a chronic condition and must be monitored for life.
Diagnosis is the first step to preserving your vision.
Glaucoma Facts & Stats
- Glaucoma can cause blindness if it is left untreated.
- 10% of people with glaucoma who receive proper treatment still have loss of vision.
- 74% of over 1,000 people interviewed said they have their eyes examined at least every two years.
- Request a dilated eye exam which is the best and most effective way to detect glaucoma
- Video: What is Glaucoma?
- Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world, according to the World Health Organization.
- It is estimated that over 3 million Americans have glaucoma, and only half know they have it.
- High-risk groups include: African Americans, people over 60, family members of those already diagnosed, diabetics, and people who are severely nearsighted.
- Estimates put the total number of suspected cases of glaucoma at over 60 million worldwide
- Most people mistakenly thought you could tell if you had glaucoma due to symptoms, or that it was easily cured, or that it did not lead to blindness.
- 50% of the population had heard of glaucoma, but weren't sure what it was.
- 30% had never heard of glaucoma.
- A 2002 Prevent Blindness America Survey found that blindness ranked third (after cancer and heart disease) as people's major fear