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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

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Did you know that glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning?

According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, more than 2 million Americans have glaucoma. Vision loss is caused by damage to the optic nerve, which is responsible for carrying images from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. It primarily affects the middle-aged and the elderly, but can affect people of all ages. Early detection is vital to stopping the progress of the disease.

Two Main Types of Glaucoma

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If you think you're suffering from an eye condition or would simply like an eye exam, we encourage you to call 215.762.EYES (3937) and schedule an appointment with a Drexel Eye Physician.

There are two main types of glaucoma: open-angle and angle-closure. Open angle is the most common type. The structures of the eye appear normal, but fluid in the eye does not flow properly through the drain of the eye, called the trabecular meshwork.

Angle-closure glaucoma is less common, but can cause a sudden buildup of pressure in the eye. Drainage may be poor because the angle between the iris and the cornea (where a drainage channel for the eye is located) is too narrow. Or, the pupil opens too wide, narrowing the angle and blocking the flow of the fluid through that channel.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

The images being used are for illustrative purposes only; any person depicted is a model.

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