Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve and can result in vision loss and blindness. With early detection and treatment, you can often protect your eyes against serious vision loss. Glaucoma is detected through a comprehensive dilated eye exam. There is no cure for glaucoma. Vision lost from the disease cannot be restored.
Treatment of eye diseases has significantly reduced the amount of blindness over the past two decades. (A major example is with the treatment of Chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease. Since 1985, blindness related to this condition has dramatically decreased.) Health officials now are more concerned about blindness resulting from diabetes, tobacco usage and an aging population.
How can you help prevent avoidable blindness?