Some amount of pressure in your life is good; water pressure, tire pressure, and the pressure to work hard and succeed. However, there are some areas in your life where pressure isn’t exactly what you’re going for— like with eye pressure. Glaucoma is an eye condition that causes an increased amount of pressure in the eyes which can lead to blindness if left untreated. As a disease that primarily affects the elderly, it’s important to get regular screenings no matter how old you are. This article will discuss three unique and intriguing facts about glaucoma to help you gain a better knowledge and understanding of this disease. Read on to learn more.
- It’s Not Always Detectable
One of the unfortunate things about glaucoma is that patients don’t typically experience symptoms until it’s a bit too late. In fact, according to glaucoma.org, it is estimated that there are 3 million Americans who have glaucoma but only about half know that they have it. Luckily, by getting annual eye examinations for Dr. Steve Thom, you can detect any signs or symptoms early on.
- Everyone Is At Risk
Although glaucoma primarily impacts the elderly, everyone is at risk for developing this disease— even babies. And, genetics don’t necessarily play a role in the development of glaucoma, so if you have no family history of it, you still may get it.
- It’s the Second Leading Cause of Blindness
If left untreated, glaucoma can cause permanent eye damage and even blindness. According to the World Health Organization, glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness— another incentive to get your eyes examined regularly.
With a simple eye examination at your annual appointment with Dr. Steve Thom, he will be able to check the pressure in your eyes to detect glaucoma. Make sure that you are scheduling your yearly exam. To learn more about glaucoma or to schedule your appointment, contact Dr. Steve Thom’s office today!