Glaucoma is a disease caused by increased eye pressure and damage to the optic nerve that leads to vision loss. While it’s commonly thought that glaucoma only impacts older adults, it can be detected at any age so it’s important to start getting checked for it after you turn 30.

Symptoms can include:

  • Double vision
  • Patchy blind spots in peripheral vision
  • Pain in or around eyes
  • Change in the color of the iris
  • Sensitivity to light or glare
  • Difficulty focusing on objects near and far

While glaucoma cannot be cured, it can be controlled. Treatment depends completely on the severity and progression of the disease. In some instances, eye drops and oral medication can be used to manage the disease.

In more advanced instances, laser or operative surgery to promote fluid drainage from the eye may be necessary. It’s crucial to watch for common symptoms of the disease and important to take action to diagnose glaucoma before symptoms progress further.