Glaucoma is often called the "silent thief of sight" because in many cases, by the time someone notices the symptoms, the disease has already advanced. As Nebraska Medical Center Ophthalmologist Dr. Sushma Rai explains, it does not have to be that way. Regular screenings are often able to catch the early signs of glaucoma. Modern treatments from eye drops to laser procedures and even surgery mean that someone suffering from glaucoma does not need to lose their vision.
There are several different types of glaucoma. Open angle is the most common. Closed angle, while less common can come on very quickly and if not treated right away can lead to permanent blindness. Glaucoma is more common in African-American and Hispanic populations.
Eye exams often include a glaucoma screening and should be done regularly for people over age 45 and possibly even sooner for people with a family history of glaucoma.
For more information or to make an appointment with a specialist, visit The Nebraska Medical Center online at http://www.nebraskamed.com or call 1-800-922-0000.