Wednesday, July 15, 2015
When a glaucoma diagnosis is made, it’s natural to have more questions and doubts even with the hopeful answers and options for treatment that you are given. The condition is far more serious than your run-of-the-mill hyperopia (farsightedness) or myopia (nearsightedness); this one merits a high level of attention—and urgent care. Glaucoma is a term that comprises a group of eye diseases that cause damage to the optic nerve—the bundle of nerve fibers that deliver visual information to the brain. Either one or both eyes can develop glaucoma at any given time, and if not treated early, can initially lead to loss of peripheral vision. Delay treatment much longer, and glaucoma can lead to blindness.