This week we create awareness of one of the most devastating conditions that lead to irreversible vision loss, Glaucoma. The condition is characterized by increased pressure in the eye, resulting in nerve damage. The lost nerves result in vision loss, usually starting on the sides, creating what we call tunnel vision.

Glaucoma doesn’t usually have any symptoms, you lose your vision often with no pain, which makes it even more dangerous. The exact causes are unknown, but it is more common in older people, and there is a genetic link as well.

Getting your eyes examined regularly, especially when you’re over the age of 40, and/or have a family member who has or had glaucoma, is very important. The first sign is usually increased pressure, and this can only be checked during an eye exam.