What is glaucoma?
When you have glaucoma, the optic nerve that tells your brain what you're looking at gets hurt. This can happen at any age, but it's more common in older people. If you don't treat it, you can go blind. The following groups have a higher risk for getting glaucoma:
What are some of the symptoms?
How do you prevent it?
Get an eye exam every two years. Early detection could save your eyesight. Talk to you doctor if you have any of these symptoms or think your eyesight has changed. Ask for a referral to a doctor who specializes in eye problems (an ophthalmologist).
How do you treat it?
Once you're diagnosed with glaucoma, you'll get medication to keep it from getting worse. You should also change your diet.