What is glaucoma and how is it detected and treated?

Glaucoma (pronounced glock-oma) is a progressive eye disease that may happen very gradually over time. Often, there are no uncomfortable or painful symptoms to serve as warnings. In fact, only half of all people with glaucoma even realize they have the disease.1 That’s why it’s important to schedule regular eye exams. It’s a way to help to detect this disease before it's too late — otherwise, you may be completely unaware that you’re losing vision.

Thankfully, you don’t have to be powerless to glaucoma. With early glaucoma detection and treatment, and with promising studies in the works,2 you can help to protect your eyes and preserve your sight long into the future.

Get answers to your questions about glaucoma

You may have many questions about glaucoma, like how to be on the look out for it and how it may affect you or your loved ones. Let's go over common questions and answers about this disease.

Get tested for glaucoma and other eye diseases

If you’re concerned about glaucoma, find a network vision provider and schedule a comprehensive, dilated eye exam.


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