Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a serious, lifelong eye disease that can lead to vision loss if not controlled. But for most people, glaucoma does not have to lead to blindness. That is because glaucoma is controllable with modern treatment, and there are many choices to help keep glaucoma from further damaging your eyes. Treatment cannot reverse damage that has already occurred, but it can prevent further vision loss.

Here you will find facts, statistics and interactive tools on glaucoma and your eye health. And if you know someone who has glaucoma, or you think may have glaucoma, please share this website with them.

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What is Glaucoma? ► What is Glaucoma? ▼

Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes loss of sight by damaging a part of the eye called the optic nerve. This nerve sends information from your eyes to your brain. When glaucoma damages your optic nerve, you begin to lose patches of vision, usually side vision (peripheral vision). Read More

What are the types of Glaucoma? ► What are the types of Glaucoma? ▼

There are many types of glaucoma. Often, the cause of high pressure in the eye can help tell the type of glaucoma and the best treatment for it. Read More

How Does Glaucoma Damage My Eyes? ► How Does Glaucoma Damage My Eyes? ▼

Doctors don't know exactly how glaucoma damages the optic nerve. For many people, increased eye pressure seems to play an important role. Read More

Are You at Risk for Glaucoma? ► Are You at Risk for Glaucoma? ▼

How Do Eye Doctors Check for Glaucoma? ► How Do Eye Doctors Check for Glaucoma? ▼

There are three major signs that a person may have glaucoma: optic nerve damage, vision loss (visual field loss) and increased eye pressure (elevated intraocular pressure). Your eye doctor has a number of tests to check for these signs. Read More

How Do Eye Doctors Treat Glaucoma? ► How Do Eye Doctors Treat Glaucoma? ▼

Glaucoma can usually be treated and controlled using medicine(s), laser surgery, glaucoma surgery or a combination of these treatments. Read More

Taking eye drop medications ► Taking eye drop medications ▼

A simple technique can help keep more medicine in your eye and make glaucoma medicines more effective. Read More

Living with Glaucoma ► Living with Glaucoma ▼

You must work with your eye doctor if you have glaucoma. Eye doctors know how to treat glaucoma, but they have to work with you to find the best way to treat your disease. Read More

Medicare benefits and your eyes ► Medicare benefits and your eyes ▼

The Welcome to Medicare Physical covers screening for glaucoma. Read More

Vision care financial assistance resources ► Vision care financial assistance resources ▼

Contact information for organizations and services that may be able to help with the cost of vision care. Read More

 

 

Glaucoma Educator Program

The Glaucoma Educator Course is a self-guided course for healthcare professionals, community health educators, diabetes educators, and anyone responsible for diabetes education for patients or clients.

The course equips health educators with important patient education messages about glaucoma and strategies for prevention early diagnosis.

Take the course online or find out more.