Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the U.S. affecting over 2 million people, most of which didn't even know they had glaucoma. Glaucoma is caused by a build up of fluid in the eye which can damage the optic nerve causing vision to fade. Glaucoma most often occurs in people over 40 and the risk increases with age, with family history and diabetics. We highly recommend you have regular eye exams if you fall into any of these categories. Here at Underwood Optical, we use the latest technology to help identify and treat glaucoma with the assistance of our newest equipment, OCT, and the Optos scanning laser.
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Glaucoma often is called the "silent thief of sight," because most types typically cause no pain and produce no symptoms until noticeable vision loss occurs.
For this reason, glaucoma often progresses undetected until the optic nerve already has been irreversibly damaged, with varying degrees of permanent vision loss.
But with acute angle-closure glaucoma, symptoms that occur suddenly can include blurry vision, halos around lights, intense eye pain, nausea and vomiting. If you have these symptoms, make sure you see an eye care practitioner or visit the emergency room immediately so steps can be taken to prevent permanent vision loss.
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