Top 3 Things to Know About Glaucoma

The following information is presented to you to describe each of the most common retinal diseases treated by ophthalmologists throughout the US. In every disorder you will notice that there is no treatment available to either correct, reverse, or delay the further progression of any of the diseases discussed.

The Pittsburgh Eye Protocol has the ability to do All Three. 

Eye diseases typically develop due to age and/or such factors as family history, chronic medical conditions like diabetes and hypertension, trauma or injury to the head, and race or ethnicity. Glaucoma is a common eye disease currently afflicting about three million people in America alone. Around the world, it is estimated that 80 million individuals It is often regarded as a singular form of eye disease but in fact, it is a group of eye diseases that is primarily characterized by a damaged optic nerve.

To better understand glaucoma, here are the top five things to know about the disease:  

1. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of total loss of vision in elderly patients. 

Glaucoma may develop at any age, but it commonly afflicts men and women who are in their mid-50's and early 60's. If left unaddressed, it may lead to permanent blindness. Early detection may help slow down its progression, which could ultimately prevent total loss of vision. 


2. Total loss of vision or complete blindness caused by glaucoma is irreversible. 

This particular eye disease attacks in stealth; that is, you won't know you have it until the disease has already progressed. Sometimes, patients are totally unaware that they have developed the disease until they've experienced complete loss of vision. This is why regular eye check-ups are advised, particularly for those with higher risk exposure. Eye check-ups are critical to preventing or slowing down the disease. 

3. Eye pressure is the leading cause of glaucoma. 

Studies reveal that eye pressure is the leading cause of glaucoma. Pressure on the eye occurs when the eye's drainage system isn't functioning as it should. This abnormality eventually leads to fluid buildup, and this in turn puts pressure on the eye's optic nerve. A damaged optic nerve may not be able to help the retina send signals to the brain, which could ultimately lead to vision loss.   

It goes without saying that complete blindness, or even impaired vision, will dramatically change one's lifestyle. From being independent and carefree, the patient may suddenly need to rely on other people to help them even with the simple basics of day-to-day routines like performing chores or going on errands. One's work will also be negatively impacted.  


If you have questions about glaucoma or you suspect you may have already developed it, the Pittsburgh Eye Protocol might be the right fit for you. Learn more about this 3-day program that has helped patients improve their vision here.  


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