Often called “the silent thief of sight,” glaucoma is the slow, progressive, painless loss of peripheral vision due to damage of the optic nerve. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to a decrease in peripheral vision and eventually blindness. Increased pressure in the eye is one risk factor for glaucoma which is monitored at routine eye exams. Early glaucoma can go undetected due to minimal symptoms felt by patients.
While there is no cure for glaucoma, there are medications and surgery available that can help halt further vision loss. Early detection and regular eye exams are vital to slowing the progress of the disease.