Glaucoma and Anterior Segment
Glaucoma is a condition that causes damage to your eye's optic nerve and worsens over time. Often associated with a buildup of pressure inside the eye, glaucoma tends to be inherited and may not show up until later in life.
The increased pressure, called intraocular pressure, can harm the optic nerve, which transmits images to the brain. If this damage continues, glaucoma will cause permanent loss of vision. Without treatment, glaucoma can cause total permanent blindness within a few years.
In most cases, intraocular pressure does not cause pain or other early symptoms. This is why it’s so important to see your eye doctor regularly, so that glaucoma can be diagnosed and treated before long-term vision loss occurs.
If you're over 40 years of age or have a family history of glaucoma, you should see your eye doctor for a complete eye exam every 1-2 years. This may need to be more frequent if you have health problems, such as diabetes or a family history of glaucoma, or are at risk for other eye diseases.