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Glaucoma: Causes and Treatment

glaucomaGlaucoma is an eye disease that affects the optic nerve, the main source of information between the eye and the brain. Typically, glaucoma occurs when pressure is placed on the ocular nerve – eventually leading to vision loss if untreated.

Unfortunately there are often no signs of glaucoma until the disease has progressed to the point of vision loss. It is important to have your eyes professionally examined every year to detect any early signs of the disease. If left untreated Glaucoma can result in complete blindness.

Anyone can develop glaucoma, especially as they grow older. However, other risk factors include race, diabetes and genetics.

Glaucoma can be treated to a certain extent. It is important to know that once vision loss occurs because of glaucoma, it cannot be reversed. In its early stages, glaucoma can be treated with prescription eye drops that reduce your intraocular pressure. If eye drops are not sufficient to treat your glaucoma then surgery may be necessary to relieve pressure on the optic nerve.

Contact Dr. Thom to learn more and to discuss your options today.

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