Glaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible blindness in the United States, and is especially prevalent among older individuals. The disease usually causes increased pressure in the eye(s), which can damage the optic nerve that is responsible for carrying images to the brain for processing.
Early diagnosis of glaucoma is critical to the continued health of your vision. There are no symptoms or side effects of glaucoma. Most individuals are not aware they have the disease until they permanently begin to lose peripheral portions of their vision. If detected early, however, disease progression can be stopped.