Glaucoma is an eye condition where the optic nerve, which connects your eye to your brain, becomes damaged. It can lead to loss of vision if not detected and treated early on.
It usually occurs when the fluid in the eye cannot drain properly, which increases the pressure inside the eye and puts pressure on the optic nerve. Glaucoma is a common condition, but many people won't realize they have it because it doesn't always cause symptoms in the early stages. It can affect people of all ages, including babies and young children, but is most common in adults in their 70s and 80s.
Very occasionally, glaucoma can develop suddenly and cause:
It's not possible to reverse any loss of vision that occurred before glaucoma was diagnosed, but treatment can help stop your vision getting any worse. The treatment recommended for you will depend on the type of glaucoma you have, but the main treatments are:
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