January is Glaucoma Awareness month. Have you had a comprehensive dilated eye exam yet? Please schedule yours today, The earlier a problem is detected  the better the outcome for saving your vision. -MDA
Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions resulting in optic nerve damage that may cause vision loss.
Abnormally high pressure inside your eye usually, but not always, causes the damage.
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the U.S. It can damage your vision so gradually you may not notice it until the disease is at an advanced stage. The most common type of glaucoma, primary open-angle glaucoma, has no noticeable signs or symptoms except gradual vision loss.
Early diagnosis and treatment can minimize or prevent optic nerve damage and limit glaucoma-related vision loss. It’s important to get your eyes examined regularly.
The most common types of glaucoma — primary open-angle glaucoma and angle-closure glaucoma — have different symptoms.
Symptoms of primary open-angle glaucoma include gradual loss of peripheral vision and tunnel vision in the advanced stages.
Symptoms of accute angle-closure glaucoma signs include eye pain, sudden onset of visual disturbance, often in low light; blurred vision; halos around lights and reddening of the eye.
Both types have primary or secondary conditions. They’re called primary when the cause is unknown and secondary when the condition can be traced to a known cause such as injury, medication, certain eye conditions, inflammation, a tumor, advanced cataract or diabetes. In secondary glaucoma, the signs and symptoms can include those of the primary condition as well as typical glaucoma symptoms………
Read more: http://www.thespectrum.com/story/life/features/mesquite/2015/01/19/glaucoma-leading-cause-blindness/22023751/
Source: The Spectrum

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