Diagnosis & Treatment
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a multifactorial group of conditions that result in a common clinical picture that includes chronic and predictable loss of retina cells, chronic and progressive optic nerve damage, and corresponding loss of visual field and function, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Glaucoma tends to affect people more commonly over the age of 60. The American Academy of Ophthalmology writes that there are no real warning signs of glaucoma. It is slow, progressive, painless, and unfortunately irreversible.
Often, there are none.
Glaucoma tends to be more common in populations over the age of 60. It is more common in families that have members with the condition, and in families of African or West Indian descent.
There are a number of risk factors which can lead to the development of glaucoma. These include:
- Elevated eye pressure
- Increasing age
- Family history of glaucoma
- Ethnic background
- Eye injury
- Hyperopia (farsightedness)
- High myopia (shortsightedness)
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