Who Develops Glaucoma?

Anyone can develop glaucoma, but certain factors put you at higher risk,1 including high eye pressure inside your eyes, or intraocular pressure.

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Primary open-angle glaucoma, the most common kind of glaucoma has virtually no symptoms — until a noticeable amount of vision is lost.3

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Life With Glaucoma

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Because there currently is no cure for glaucoma,4 patients must manage it with treatment and monitoring.5

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What Is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that results in damage to the optic nerve.6 Because the optic nerve transmits information from your eye to your brain,7 glaucoma can result in a gradual, irreversible loss of vision. If left undiagnosed and untreated, it can eventually cause blindness.8

Primary Open-angle Glaucoma

There are several different types of glaucoma, but the most common is primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). It is usually painless and has virtually no symptoms,9 until irreversible damage has occurred.10 That’s why it’s called “the silent thief of sight".11 High eye pressure, or intraocular pressure (IOP) is often present12 and is considered a risk factor for glaucoma.13

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Glaucoma Patient Treatment

While there is no treatment for glaucoma,14 there are treatments that can help manage your intraocular pressure (IOP).15

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