Glaucoma is a condition that results in slow progressive damage to the optic nerve, which sends information from the eye to the brain. Damage to the optic nerve leads to a slow loss of vision. As a result, glaucoma is often referred to as the “Silent Thief of Sight.”
Risk factors for glaucoma include elevated eye pressure, increased age, African-American heritage, and previous ocular injury. The most important and most treatable risk factor is elevated eye pressure. Inside the eye, there is a constant production of fluid that normally flows out of the eye through a very small drain. In certain individuals, this drain can become blocked for various reasons. The result is an increase in eye pressure, therefore increasing your risk of glaucoma.
Glaucoma affects an estimated 3 million Americans and is the second-leading cause of blindness in the United States. Unfortunately, it is estimated that only half of those with glaucoma know they have it. It is not curable, and vision loss cannot be regained. However with treatment, it is possible to halt further loss of vision. Diagnosis is the first step to preserving vision.
Wolfe Eye Clinic has expertise in evaluating and treating glaucoma. Wolfe Eye Clinic offers complete glaucoma treatment services throughout Iowa, including Ames, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Iowa City, Marshalltown, Ottumwa, Spencer and Waterloo.
Please contact Wolfe Eye Clinic at 1-800-542-7956 to ask any glaucoma-related questions or to schedule an appointment with one of our glaucoma specialists: Dr. John Trible, Dr. Benjamin Mason or Dr. Ryan Vincent.