Glaucoma is often referred to as the "silent thief of sight," as in a vast number of cases, no noticeable symptoms or pain is experienced until vision loss occurs. Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve and can result in vision loss and blindness. Early detection and treatment is crucial in protecting your eyes from serious vision loss. Studies conducted show that eye pressure is a major risk factor leading to optic nerve damage. Glaucoma can also develop without increased eye pressure and is called low-tension or normal-tension glaucoma. At first, open-angle glaucoma has no symptoms and causes no pain or impairment in vision. Glaucoma can develop in one or both eyes and vision loss is permanent and irreversible. There are several types of glaucoma such as normal tension glaucoma, closed angle glaucoma, open angle glaucoma, pupillary block etc.
No initial symptoms, but usually associated with pain, distorted vision and vision loss in later stages
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Glaucoma eye drops often are the first choice over glaucoma surgery and can be very effective at controlling IOP. If your eye doctor feels you are a good candidate for glaucoma eye drops, you may be prescribed more than one type to achieve the best IOP control. Doctors use a number of different categories of eye drops to treat glaucoma. They either decrease the amount of fluid (aqueous humor) in the eye or improve its outward flow, and some do both. Sometimes doctors will prescribe a combination