Glaucoma is disease in which damage to the optic nerve leads to progressive, irreversible vision loss. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness & it is the 2nd leading cause of blindness in the world.
Everyone is at risk for glaucoma from babies to senior citizens. High risk groups include: people over 60, family members of those already diagnosed, diabetics, people who are severely nearsighted, & African-Americans.
Glaucoma runs in my family. My paternal grandfather went blind from glaucoma. My father & both of his sisters all developed glaucoma. The earlier the disease is detected and treated the better. So far I am glaucoma free but I get screened very six months.
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