When the optic nerves of the eyes get damaged progressively over time, due to pressure on the eyes, the condition is known as glaucoma. These nerves transmit images to the brain. While this condition does not have any obvious symptoms in its early stages, pain and pressure become more apparent later.
HOW IS GLAUCOMA DIAGNOSED?
In order to diagnose the condition, an ophthalmology specialist will examine your eyes by dilating the pupils. The eye exam will focus on the optic nerve. The doctor will also perform a process known as tonometry to check the eye pressure along with a visual field test.
HOW IS GLAUCOMA TREATED?
Immediate treatment for early-stage, open-angle glaucoma can delay progression of the disease. Glaucoma treatments include medicines, eye drops, laser trabeculoplasty, conventional surgery, or a combination of any of these. While these treatments may save remaining vision, they do not improve sight already lost from glaucoma.
DID YOU KNOW?
If an infant is born with this problem it can be corrected through surgery because the very cause of it is distorted drainage system.