Glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness  

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Glaucoma is a disease of the eye which results from the buildup of fluid pressure within the eyes.  The fluid within the eyes flow in and out of the anterior chamber or part of the eyes to keep it nourished and moistened.

The inability of this fluid to flow in and out due to some obstruction makes it to build up pressure within the eyes and cause severe pains. When this condition is not treated after a time frame it damages the optic nerve which helps one to see leading to blindness.

Glaucoma is relatively common, especially in older adults and is a leading cause of irreversible blindness in recent time.

What could cause glaucoma? A type of glaucoma called secondary glaucoma is said to result probably from a tumor, diabetes, an advanced cataract, or inflammation. On the other hand the cause of primary glaucoma is unknown yet. However, it is uncertain for researchers in the field of medicine to clearly point out the exact cause yet.

The most dangerous thing about the disease is that it usually doesn’t cause symptoms at its onset. At this time it can only be diagnosed by regular eye examinations (screenings with the frequency of examination based on age and the presence of other risk factors).

This is the more reason why one should regularly examine the health of the eyes to avoid the unwanted condition blindness. We will continue on this in the next article.

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