Glaucoma is an ocular disease that causes an increase in the fluid pressure within the eye. Over time, this pressure can cause damage to the optic nerve that can result in the loss of vision in the affected eye. Untreated glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness across the entire United States. The optic nerve is responsible for sending information to your brain that allows you to see what your eyes are pointed at. Those suffering from glaucoma have undue pressure placed on the optic nerve because of the eye not draining properly. Most who suffer from glaucoma are unaware of the problem until damage has already occurred to the optic nerve, and if left untreated, the patients field of vision will continue to narrow, and can eventually bring on full blindness.
Glaucoma can affect anyone, but some are at a greater risk of developing the disease due to certain reasons:
-Age, the older you get, the greater the risk of developing glaucoma
-Prior eye injury
-African Americans, who are 5x more likely to develop glaucoma
-High Blood Pressure
-Family history of glaucoma
Learn more about how Marano Eye Care can help you or a loved one suffering from glaucoma by scheduling an appointment with us at our Livingston or Newark location. Please use the contact form below, and one of our team members will reach out to schedule an appointment.