January is Glaucoma Awareness Month!
Glaucoma, The Silent Thief of Sight
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in Canada. Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases which lead to progressive degeneration of the optic nerve. This in turn can lead to loss of nerve tissue that results in gradual irreversible vision loss and potential blindness if not detected and treated early.
The most common form of glaucoma is primary open angle glaucoma. This form is associated with elevated pressure caused by a backup of fluid in the eye.