Glaucoma: What Is It & Are You At Risk?

Have you ever thought about how much you use your side vision on a daily basis? From driving, biking or walking to navigating your way through a crowd, your side vision is very important! Even without any visible eye or vision problems, you still may have glaucoma, an eye disease that damages your side vision. 

Now, you may be asking yourself, “How is that possible?” Well, like having high blood pressure, this disease often starts without you noticing any symptoms at all!

This is what glaucoma looks like

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases where damage occurs to your optic nerve, the same nerve that connects your eye to your brain so you can see.

The exact cause of this disease is still unknown. However, as a more complex eye disease, some risk factors include:

  • Age.
  • Family history.
  • Elevated eye pressure (IOP).
  • Being Black, Asian or Hispanic.

This is what vision looks like with glaucoma

Nicknamed the “silent thief of sight,” loss of your side vision, like you’re looking through a tunnel that gets smaller and smaller, is typically the first symptom of glaucoma.

Related: “Here’s What You Need To Know About Glaucoma Eye Drops”

Unfortunately, glaucoma is an eye disease that often goes unnoticed and leads to permanent vision damage.

Concerned you may be at risk or have glaucoma? What are you waiting for? Make sure to schedule an appointment with your local eye care professional today!

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Ryan Corte, OD
Dr. Ryan Corte was born and raised in Novi, MI where he attended Novi High School. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science in 2008. He also attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry where he graduated with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 2012. Dr. Corte completed an Optometric Residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2013. During his residency, he obtained advanced clinical competency to practice optometry at the highest level as well as provided educational assistance and supervision of third and fourth year students as a clinical faculty member. He now practices just north of Charlotte, NC at Northlake Eye. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Corte has contributed to optometry through multiple leadership roles. He is a former Executive President of the American Optometric Student Association and is currently serving on the Young ODs and Membership committee of the North Carolina Optometric Society Optometric. He also was a senior journalist for and is a co-founder of Dr. Corte thrives on involvement and looks forward to remaining very active throughout his professional career. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife, family and friends as well as continuing to stay active in his community and in life.