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Glaucoma is an eye disease that usually has no symptoms in its early stages. Without proper treatment, glaucoma can lead to blindness. The good news is that with regular eye exams, early detection, and treatment, you can preserve your sight.
If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, or are a glaucoma suspect, you probably have a lot of questions and some concerns.
Coping with a long-term eye condition can seem overwhelming, but you are fortunate compared to the many who have glaucoma and don’t know it. You are now empowered to learn how you can preserve your vision and live a normal life as a glaucoma patient.
When faced with a new diagnosis of glaucoma there is one question that is foremost in every patient’s mind: “Will I go blind?” Thankfully, for most patients the answer is no. Glaucoma typically progresses very slowly over many years, and most people never lose vision if they see their eye doctor regularly and follow their treatment plan.
Excellent glaucoma treatments are available that work to control eye pressure, the main cause of vision loss in glaucoma. These treatments include a wide range of eye drop medications, laser treatments that are performed in the office, and many types of surgery. Newer treatments are continuously being developed and evaluated.
Glaucoma is a chronic disease, and you are the most important part of your treatment. Working closely with their doctor, the vast majority of people with glaucoma will retain their vision. The key to preserving your vision is speaking honestly with your doctor about your disease and its treatment.
The following links to other articles on this website will be a good starting point to learn more about glaucoma.
Last reviewed on June 26, 2020