What is glaucoma?

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.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) 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.

How do you treat glaucoma?

In order to treat glaucoma, you must lower your eye pressure. Depending on the severity of glaucoma, you may need treatment for the rest of your life.

Treatment options:9

  • Prescription eye drops: Keeps the disease from getting worse by increasing the outflow of fluid from your eyes, or reducing the production of fluid from your eyes
  • Oral medication: Brings eye pressure down
  • Laser treatment: Opens clogged eye channels
  • Surgery: Can create a new opening in the eye to drain fluid and relieve pressure

Get tested for glaucoma and other eye diseases

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