Robert G. Alexander, MD


Vision with Cataracts

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National Institutes of Health

The Silent Disease

Glaucoma is known as the Silent Disease because often there are no signs or symptoms of the disease for many years.
When undiagnosed or left untreated, it can lead to a permanent loss of peripheral vision and ultimately blindness.
During those years, the disease can only be detected by an eye exam. Exams with an ophthalmologist who regularly performs glaucoma screening can save your sight. Glaucoma is a degenerative disorder caused by damage to the optic nerve. Scientists are unclear on the exact causes of glaucomatous optic nerve but recognize high intraocular pressure in the eye as a leading risk factor.

There are various forms of glaucoma and not all glaucoma patients have high intraocular pressure. Conversely, not all people with high intraocular pressure have glaucoma.

Despite effective treatments, many people continue to suffer preventable vision loss because the disease too often goes undetected. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology "Eye Smart" half of the estimated 3 million Americans with glaucoma are undiagnosed because they have not been tested or the diagnosis was missed.

Persons over age 35 should have an eye exam—including glaucoma check—at least every two years, more frequently if there is a family history of glaucoma, personal history of diabetes or prescribed steroid medication use, or if the family is of African descent.

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