Glaucoma, one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States, is actually a group of eye diseases that can damage the eye's optic nerve. Images go from the retina to the brain through the light-sensitive optic nerve so glaucoma affects your vision.
There is no cure for glaucoma, but early diagnosis gives your eye doctor the best options to slow the progression. That's why it's important to have regular, comprehensive eye exams, especially if you're at risk for getting the disease.
To help preserve your vision there are treatments such as medicines, laser surgery, conventional surgery and a newer procedure called Micro-Incisional Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) that safely and effectively reduces intraocular pressure in patients with mild to moderate open-angle glaucoma. In addition, the Gundersen Low Vision Rehabilitation team offers many ways to help you can maintain as much independence as possible.
For more information about glaucoma or to schedule a comprehensive eye exam, contact a Gundersen Eye Clinic near you.