Glaucoma is a disease that causes damage to the optic nerve. The optic nerve is the pathway that caries the images that we see to our brain. If left untreated, glaucoma can destroy the optic nerve and lead to blindness.
Glaucoma can affect anyone. But some factors that can increase a person's risk of glaucoma include: Increased Age, African American ethnicity, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Family History, Nearsightedness, Long Term Steroid Therapy, and Injury to the Eye.
With proper medical care from an ophthalmologist, glaucoma may be treated and controlled. Since most people with glaucoma may experience no noticeable symptoms, an eye examination for glaucoma and specialized testing is the most important thing you can do to help prevent loss of vision from this disease. Call our office today and schedule an appointment to see Dr. Esters so that you can discuss your vision health.