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Glaucoma

What is glaucoma?
When you have glaucoma, the optic nerve that tells your brain what you're looking at gets hurt. This can happen at any age, but it's more common in older people. If you don't treat it, you can go blind. The following groups have a higher risk for getting glaucoma:

  • People over 60.
  • People with family members with glaucoma.
  • People taking steroid medications for asthma or people taking cortisone for other medical problems.
  • People with an eye injury.

What are some of the symptoms?

  • Vision that's blurry or dark around the edges.
  • Not being able to see out the corner of your eye when you're looking straight ahead.
  • Eye pain.
  • Bad headaches and stomach aches.
  • Eyeglass or contact prescriptions change often.

How do you prevent it?
Get an eye exam every two years. Early detection could save your eyesight. Talk to you doctor if you have any of these symptoms or think your eyesight has changed. Ask for a referral to a doctor who specializes in eye problems (an ophthalmologist).

How do you treat it?
Once you're diagnosed with glaucoma, you'll get medication to keep it from getting worse. You should also change your diet.

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