Dr. Guy Eakin: Glaucoma is a degenerative eye disease that affects 70 million people worldwide. While glaucoma can affect anyone at any age, it is a leading cause of blindness among African-Americans and Hispanics in the United States.
An estimated 3.
3 million Americans will have glaucoma by the ear 2020. Glaucoma is actually a group of eye disorders that leads to damage of the optic nerve. Called the sneak peek of sight it has no symptoms until irreversible vision loss has occurred.
In fact, vision experts believe that half of those affected by glaucoma may not even know it since there are usually no symptoms in its early stages. By the time a person notices something is wrong, the disease has already caused considerable damage.
Vision lost to glaucoma can not be regained. About 10% of people with the disease are blind. The only way to know if you have glaucoma is to visit your eye doctor; an eye examination can accurately diagnose glaucoma.
For people suffering from glaucoma sight saving treatments are available, especially if the disease is discovered in time.