January is Glaucoma Awareness Month!
Glaucoma is one of the most common causes of blindness in the United States. It causes damage to the optic nerve which sends signals from the retina to the brain which is then interpreted as images. Glaucoma does not allow the aqueous
humor to flow out of the eye properly which in a healthy eye is constantly produced. Fluid pressure in the eyes of patients with Glaucoma builds up over time causing damage to optic nerve fibers and the peripheral vision begins to
decrease followed by central vision. Here's a
to how it works. If Glaucoma is left untreated, it could cause blindness so early detection is the best defense.