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5 Things to know about glaucoma

  1. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness worldwide, with an estimated 80 million people affected globally.
  2. Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain. It is often associated with high intraocular pressure, but can also occur with normal or low pressure.
  3. In its early stages, glaucoma is typically asymptomatic, meaning there are no noticeable signs or symptoms. This is why regular eye exams are so important, especially for people over 40, those with a family history of glaucoma, or individuals with certain medical conditions like diabetes.
  4. While there is no cure for glaucoma, there are treatments available that can slow or stop the progression of the disease. These treatments can include eye drops, oral medications, laser therapy, or surgery, depending on the severity and type of glaucoma.
  5. In addition to intraocular pressure, other risk factors for glaucoma can include age, ethnicity, family history, certain medical conditions, and the use of certain medications. Some studies have also suggested that a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and a balanced diet, may help reduce the risk of developing glaucoma.
David Greening David Greening, ABOC, BS(HONS) Ophth. Dispensing David is our resident optician, and has been in optics since 2002. He attained his Bachelor of Science degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing in Kent, England (2014). He has extensive experience, having managed his own practice for many years prior to arriving at Astorino & Associates Eye Center. He is a licensed American optician (ABOC) and is well-recognized for his quality of service, attention to detail, and patient care.

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