What You Should Know About Glaucoma

Glaucoma is usually associated with the build-up of fluid pressure inside the eye. If left untreated it can damage the

-responsible for transmitting visual information from the eye to the brain-and lead to vision loss.

Glaucoma is commonly referred to as the silent thief of sight, because in most cases it progresses gradually and quietly. Your vision can be damaged without any noticeable symptoms. It may begin with loss of peripheral vision and then advance to a reduction in central vision and blindness. This disease affects nearly two out of every 100 people over age 35. Half of those people are at risk for blindness because they may not know they even have the disease.

Significant damage is nearly always preventable. That's right, you do not have to go blind from glaucoma. At Bennett & Bloom Eye Centers, our doctors use the most up-to-date technology to diagnose and treat glaucoma. With early detection and careful management, significant damage to your eyesight from glaucoma is nearly always preventable; however, treatment cannot restore any vision that has already been lost.