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glaucomaGlaucoma is an eye disease that affects two out of every 100 people who are over the age of 35. This disease often leads to blindness; however, if diagnosed early and treatment begins immediately, blindness can usually be prevented!

Medical eye examinations from your eye care professional are the best defense against glaucoma. Contact us today!

Before believing everything you read, it’s important to determine what is true. Consider the following myths concerning this disease:

Myth 1: This disease only affects the elderly.

While glaucoma does affect the elderly, it is not solely age related. This disease can even occur in newborns and young children. There are multiple types of this eye disease that affect different people: congenital, pigmentary, secondary glaucoma, and the most common type – open angle glaucoma (which has no symptoms in its early stages).

Myth 2: Elevated eye pressure and glaucoma is not related.

Elevated eye pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury your eye is enduring. If it is greater than 22mm, you have elevated eye pressure. Oftentimes, this pressure can turn into glaucoma or transform into ocular hypertension. This hypertension is an unhealthy amount of pressure in your eyes that can lead to nerve damage. Both conditions are bad for your eyes.

Myth 3: Since there is no cure, treatment is in vain.

While there is no cure for the disease yet, treatments are available to help slow the disease. At Eyesight Associates, we offer treatments such as medication, eye drops, surgery, and more. Our specialists will thoroughly examine your eyes and know exactly which treatment would be best for you. Be sure to have an eye exam every two years after you have turned 35. This will help you be proactive in your fight against eye diseases.

To schedule an appointment, call Eyesight Associates at 478-923-5872!