Glaucoma is a disease that damages your eye’s optic nerve. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness for people over 60 years old. Blindness from glaucoma can often be prevented with early treatment.

There are two major types of glaucoma

This is the most common type of glaucoma. It happens gradually, is painless and causes no vision changes at first. Most people with Open-Angle Glaucoma do not notice any change in their vision until the damage is quite severe. Having regular eye exams can help your Ophthalmologist find this disease before you lose vision.

Risk Factors

  • Age
  • Race: Black individuals have 3-4 times more risk than whites to develop glaucoma
  • Increased Intraocular Pressure (IOP)
  • Family History

When the drainage angle of your gets completely blocked, eye pressure rises very quickly. It is a true eye emergency, and you should call your ophthalmologist right away or you might go blind.

Here are the signs of an acute angle-closure glaucoma attack:

  • Blurry Vision
  • Severe eye pain
  • Headache
  • Nausea and/or Vomiting
  • Rainbow-colored rings or halos around lights