Annual eye exams test the clarity of vision, eye movement, eye pressure and look for any signs of more serious eye conditions, including glaucoma. Detecting these symptoms early can help protect your eyes from severe vision loss.
Here are five things to know about glaucoma:
- Glaucoma occurs when the nerve connecting the eye to the brain is damaged, usually due to high eye pressure.
- Glaucoma is sometime referred to as the “silent thief of sight” because symptoms are not immediately apparent and often go unnoticed.
- Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma, the most common type of glaucoma, is hereditary and affects about 2.2 million people in the U.S.
- Optometrists use a tonometer – the ‘puff’ test – to measure the pressure in your eyes.
- Early detection and treatment can help protect your eyes from severe vision loss.