Glaucoma: What Is It and Are You At Risk?

This is what vision with glaucoma looks like.

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. 

In the video below, Dr. Ryan Corte defines glaucoma and highlights who is most at risk of developing this eye disease.

If you don’t like the video or want more information, continue reading.

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.

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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 is an experienced leader with a strong passion for health and wellness education and information transparency. He believes that simplifying health and wellness information helps improve comprehension. This drives greater compliance and better life choices. He is an entrepreneurial professional with a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and a Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University. He also completed a residency in primary care and ocular disease at the Illinois College of Optometry. 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.