Glaucoma – The Silent Killer

Taking good care of our eyes is probably something we do not do properly. There’s no better day than World Glaucoma Week to create awareness about the deadly disease.

Glaucoma is a disease which damages the optic nerves that carry information from eyes to the brain. Such damage can lead to loss & vision and can also cause permanent blindness.  Glaucoma today is one of the main causes of blindness in the world.

Glaucoma affects people of all age, but people over 60 are more prone to the disease. There is no cure to the disease but it certain steps are taken it can be prevented.

The eye has an internal pressure created by production of a clear fluid called aqueous humor. This fluid circulates through the eye and exits through the anterior chamber angle and ultimately drains into the blood stream. In glaucoma, the aqueous humor outflow is obstructed, resulting in increased eye pressure and, eventually, optic nerve damage.