Glaucoma is called "The Silent Thief of Sight" because in its early stages, there are no symptoms or pain. According to the National Eye Institute, 2.7 million people in the U.S. have glaucoma but only half of them know it.
In honor of World Glaucoma Week, here are some facts about glaucoma from the Optos website:
- Glaucoma tends to run in families
- A person can have glaucoma and not know it
- Vision lost from glaucoma can NOT be restored
- A complete glaucoma exam consists of more than only measuring eye pressure
- Glaucoma is not necessarily caused by an increase in eye pressure