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Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States.
Glaucoma is a general term for a family of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve. The optic nerve is located in the back of the eye and relays information from the eye to the brain.
Elevated pressure inside the eye creates stress on the optic nerve. If the optic nerve is damaged, vision loss occurs. In most cases, glaucoma has no pain or other symptoms until noticeable vision loss is present.
Who is at Risk?
Your risk for glaucoma increases after the age of 40. African Americans are more likely than Caucasians to be diagnosed with glaucoma. Other risk factors include:
If you're not sure whether you are at risk for glaucoma, take our free Glaucoma Risk Assessment Quiz.
By answering a few simple questions, we can provide insight into the health of your eyes and help you decide if you should consider an appointment with one of our eye specialists.