Glaucoma is a type of eye disorder which is commonly associated with a buildup of pressure in the eye. This can damage the optic nerve. Usually, your peripheral vision is affected at first and because of this, you can lose quite a bit of your vision before ever being aware of the problem. If glaucoma is left untreated, it can eventually become permanent blindness. Some forms of the disease can cause symptoms like blurry vision, intense eye pain, nausea, halos around lights, and vomiting that suddenly occurs.
Glaucoma is caused when the eye cannot retain proper balance between the amount of fluid produced inside the eye and the amount that drains away. The primary reasons for the imbalance to occur is based on the type of glaucoma you have. If the glaucoma damages the function of the internal eye to regulate pressure it can build up to dangerously high levels which may cause vision loss.
Treatment for glaucoma is on a case by case basis and usually depends on the severity of the disease. Conservative treatments, such as medicated eye drops, are usually the first form of treatment used to control glaucoma. However, if patients find that eyedrops are either uncomfortable or inconvenient, or they don’t use them as stringently as they should, it can cause the disease to get progressively worse. If this occurs, other treatments should be sought out. Alternative treatments can involve the use of stronger medications, conventional surgery, laser surgery or any combination of any of these. If surgery becomes necessary for the treatment of glaucoma, either laser or non-laser, they are designed to promote either a decrease in the production of intraocular fluid, or an increase in drainage of intraocular fluid. The goal of any glaucoma surgery, or other treatment methods, is focused reducing or stabilizing the intraocular pressure (IOP). When this goal is accomplished, and pressure is relieved, damage to ocular structures - especially the optic nerve - can be prevented.
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