Glaucoma is a group of disorders of common characteristics, including increased ocular pressure as a common symptom, that result in damaging the eye’s optic nerve and vision loss that cannot be repaired.

Glaucoma is a dangerous disorder because it usually has no symptoms!

Everyone must have a thorough eye examination as follows:

  • 20 – 39 years of age – every 3 to 5 years;
  • 40 – 64 years of age – every 2 to 4 years;
  • over 65 years of age- every 1 to 2 years;

What should you do if you find that you have glaucoma? Visit your doctor regularly to protect your vision!


The eye constantly produces clear fluid circulating inside its front section /it is not part of the tears of the outside eye surface /. A small amount of that fluid is produced constantly and an amount equal to it flows out through a microscopic drain system and thus maintaining a constant level of pressure inside the eye. The area draining the fluid can be closed or blocked so that too much fluid can accumulated inside the eye which results in an increased pressure. The too high pressure damages the optic nerve and its function to send the image to the brain.

Everyone! Glaucoma is seen in people of all ages and races, most frequently in the over 40 age group.

The risk groups more likely to develop glaucoma include:

- people over 60 years of age;
- people with close relatives that have glaucoma
- people with strong shortsightedness;
- diabetics;
- people suffered an eye trauma;

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