Glaucoma: The Disease That Steals Your Sight

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the second top cause of preventable blindness globally, yet half of the people suffering from this disorder are unaware.

This disorder is often referred as “the silent thief of vision” with long-term effects on our eyes. The good news is that vision loss can be prevented when glaucoma is diagnosed and treated early.


We asked our experienced ophthalmologist, Dr. Dhaliwal to explain what glaucoma is. Dr. Dhaliwal explains, “Glaucoma is a disorder where damage occurs to the optic nerve, primarily due to pressure to the optic nerve. It is similar to blood pressure, in that you cannot feel the pressure. By the time you have noticeable loss of vision, it might be too late” Dr. Dhaliwal explains.

Who’s at risk? According to Dr. Dhaliwal, “Family history and age are important risk factors for glaucoma. Certain medical conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension play a role as well.”

We asked our experienced ophthalmologist, Dr. Dhaliwal to explain what glaucoma is. Dr. Dhaliwal explains, “Glaucoma is a disorder where damage occurs to the optic nerve, primarily due to pressure to the optic nerve. It is similar to blood pressure, in that you cannot feel the pressure. By the time you have noticeable loss of vision, it might be too late” Dr. Dhaliwal explains.

Since this eye disorder does not come with warning signs especially in its earliest phases, it is critical that Dr. Dhaliwal performs a comprehensive eye exam. At Chicagoland Eye Consultants, we offer a wide range of treatments to keep intraocular pressure at a healthy level.

If you have concerns about your vision or would like to discuss glaucoma treatment options, contact us. You can schedule a comprehensive eye health exam at our Chicago or Elgin office with Dr. Dhaliwal. Scheduling a dilated eye exam at Chicagoland Eye Consultants is easy; call us at (773) 775-9755.

 

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