Glaucoma is an eye condition that damages the optic nerve, causing permanent vision damage or blindness. There are several forms, and the most common kind is hereditary. It can be detected and treated. Learn more about glaucoma.
- Diabetes, Hypertension Raise Glaucoma Risk
Glaucoma is a painless, symptom-free disease until its later stages, when it can cause blindness. A new study finds that those with diabetes and hypertension have a greater risk of developing glaucoma.
- How do doctors test for glaucoma?
Glaucoma is now more reliably diagnosed and tracked for progression using technologically advanced tools such as laser scanners and digital photography. Click to read Dr. Maisel's full answer.
- Should all elders get checked for glaucoma?
Senior citizens, 65 years or older, should have an ocular examination performed by an ophthalmologist every one to two years at a minimum, even without any existing risk factors. Click to read Dr. Maisel's full answer.
- Does health insurance cover eye exams?
There is a foundation that operates the largest public service program in America, including individual eye care. Click to read Dr. Maisel's full answer.