Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders leading to progressive damage to the optic nerve, and is characterized by loss of nerve tissue resulting in loss of vision. Unfortunately with this disease you do not know it, see it or feel it until it is way too late. This is why the Doctors of Nasa Vision Center recommend a yearly comprehensive eye examination. Glaucoma cannot currently be prevented, but if diagnosed and treated early it can usually be controlled with medication. There are many types of glaucoma and many theories about the causes of glaucoma. The exact cause is unknown. The disease is often associated with increased fluid pressure inside the eye while other theories include lack of adequate blood supply to the optic nerve. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the US. It most often occurs in people over age 40, although congenital or infantile forms of glaucoma exist. People with a family history of glaucoma, African Americans, and older adults are at higher risk for developing glaucoma. Every comprehensive eye examination includes an evaluation for glaucoma. If glaucoma is suspected we are equipped with the latest technology to do further testing. Please be sure to get your yearly eye examination. 

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