• Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness

  • Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders that lead to progressive damage to the optic nerve. It is characterized by loss of nerve tissue that results in vision loss. People with glaucoma can lose nerve tissue, resulting in vision loss.
  • The symptoms can start so slowly that patients may not notice them. The only way to find out is to get a comprehensive eye exam.
  • Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness for people over 60 years old. There is no cure for glaucoma, but early treatment can often stop the damage and protect vision.
  • More than 3 million Americans are living with glaucoma, and about 80 million people have glaucoma worldwide, and this number is expected to increase to over 111 million by 2040.
There are many different types of glaucoma, but the most common type in the United States and Europe is called open-angle glaucoma. Other types of glaucoma are less common, like angle-closure glaucoma and congenital glaucoma.
Primary open-angle glaucoma develops slowly and usually without any symptoms. Many people are not aware they have the condition until they have significant vision loss. Initially, glaucoma affects peripheral or side vision, but it can advance to central vision loss. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to significant vision loss in both eyes, and may even lead to blindness.
Acute angle-closure glaucoma usually occurs abruptly due to a rapid increase of pressure in the eye. Its symptoms may include severe eye pain, nausea, redness in the eye, seeing halos or colored rings around lights and blurred vision. This is an emergency condition in which severe vision loss can occur quickly.
Eye Care Professionals use different types of treatment for glaucoma, including medicines – usually eye drops, laser treatment, and surgery. Prescription eye drops are the most common treatment. They lower the pressure in the eye and prevent damage to the optic nerve.
Beta blockers are one of the most commonly prescribed classes of medicines to treat glaucoma. Beta blockers reduce Intraocular Pressure (IOP) by blockade of sympathetic nerve endings in the ciliary epithelium causing a fall in aqueous humour production. Beta blockers are often prescribed in combination with other glaucoma medications, e.g. prostaglandins or carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (CAI).
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