Answers to Common Eye Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about eye health.

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma a group of eye diseases that can damage the optic nerve and can lead to some vision loss or even blindness, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common form, which occurs when fluid pressure increases in the eye, according to the NIH. Most people go without symptoms until they have already started to lose vision.

Though the exact cause of glaucoma is unknown, some theories suggest that it could be caused by a dysfunctional eye drainage system or poor blood flow to the optic nerve, according to the NIH.

Glaucoma cannot be prevented, but catching it early allows for treatment to manage the disease, according to the NIH. For more information about glaucoma, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Edward Thomas, MD, FACS, Ohio Eyecare Institute; Amina Husain Zaman, MD, Ohio Eyecare Institute; Peter Koumas, DO, Ohio Eyecare Institute

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