Causes Of Glaucoma
By Angela Bekiaris: Glaucoma is caused by high pressure fluid, called aqueous humor, which flows out of your eye through a mesh-like channel. Other causes, which are less common, include a blunt or chemical injury to your eye, severe eye infection, blocked blood vessels inside the eye, and inflammatory conditions.
Who Is At Risk?
- Those who are of African-American, Irish, Russian, Japanese, Hispanic, Inuit, or Scandinavian descent
- Those over 40
- Have a family history of glaucoma
- Have poor vision
- Have diabetes
- Take certain steroid medications
- Have had trauma to the eye or eyes
- Seeing halos around lights
- Loss of vision
- Hazy eyes
- Redness in the eye
- Pain in the eye
- Vision loss
- Narrowed vision
Did You Know?
THERE are two main kinds: Open-angle glaucoma (also known as wide-angle glaucoma) or angle-closure glaucoma (also known as acute or chronic angle-closure or narrow-angle glaucoma).
Experts suggest those over the age 40 or those who have a family history of the disease should get a complete eye exam every one to two years.
Courtesy of www.greatist.com, www.everydayhealth.com and www.webmd.com