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Myths and Facts About Glaucoma

Myths and Facts About Glaucoma

If you don't know much about glaucoma, now is a good time to change that. Glaucoma, a group of diseases in which pressure within your eye damages the optic nerve, affects more than 3 million Americans, according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation. And about half of the people living with glaucoma don’t know they have it.

Unfortunately, many people lack good information about glaucoma. Because misinformation and myths can threaten your vision, the dedicated eye care providers at Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona, home of MyEyesToday.com, have committed themselves to educating patients about this condition. Here, we cover some of the major myths and facts about glaucoma.

Myth: Glaucoma isn’t very serious

Fact: Glaucoma can damage your vision and may even lead to blindness. In fact, it’s one of the top causes of blindness in the United States.

Myth: Glaucoma only affects certain people

Fact: Anyone can get glaucoma. Although glaucoma occurs most often in adults over age 60, it can also strike young adults, children, and even babies. 

Your risk of glaucoma is elevated if you are an African American over age 40, if you have diabetes, or if you have a family history of glaucoma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Myth: You know it if you’re developing glaucoma

Fact: Glaucoma often tends to be a silent disease. Although some types of glaucoma may cause symptoms such as pain, blurred vision, or redness in the eyes, the most common type of glaucoma, known as open-angle glaucoma, causes few or no symptoms until it’s quite advanced.

Myth: Glaucoma can be cured

Fact: Glaucoma can’t be cured, but its progression can be stopped. Once you receive a glaucoma diagnosis, treatments such as medication or surgery can usually stop further nerve damage and vision loss. For that reason, the earlier a diagnosis is made, the less likely you are to lose your sight.  

Seeing an eye doctor for regular eye exams is the best way to watch for glaucoma. During your eye exam, your provider looks for glaucoma, as well as cataracts and any other eye conditions that can affect your vision.  

Don’t let glaucoma steal your vision

If you have questions about glaucoma or if you have any symptoms of concern, let us help. The specialists at Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona provide thorough evaluations, personalized treatment plans, and answers to all of your questions about glaucoma and a full range of eye conditions.

Our offices are conveniently located in Gilbert, Chandler, and Queen Creek, Arizona. Book an appointment by calling the office nearest you or by using our online request tool.

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