Glaucoma is an eye disease resulting from damage to the optic nerve from high pressure and improper fluid drainage inside the eye. The optic nerve stops sending signals to the brain when it is damaged, hindering its ability to function properly, diminishing neural activity from the brain, and potentially causing blindness. The three most common types of glaucoma include:
Diabetes and high blood pressure increase the risk of developing glaucoma. Although individuals over 40 are at a greater risk for the condition, people of any age can be diagnosed with glaucoma. Other risk factors for glaucoma include:
Glaucoma management is a vital part of visual health as we age. Regular eye health exams at Red Deer Eye Care allow us to detect possible sources of glaucoma and prevent permanent optic nerve damage.