Glaucoma is often called the “sneak thief of sight”. In its early stages, symptoms are hard to recognize. People affected by glaucoma often do not know they have it. Loss of vision normally occurs gradually. Untreated, glaucoma permanently damages the optic nerve, leading to blindness.
If it is detected early enough the progress of the disease can be arrested with medical and surgical means. The doctors at The Regional Eye Center offer annual eye examinations for those over the age of 40 to monitor eye diseases such as glaucoma so proper treatment can be delivered and vision loss can be avoided.