In the first place, it is very necessary to point out that glaucoma does not often come with symptoms that are readily noticeable to those with eye disease. It is therefore essential to undergo regular comprehensive eye exams. If glaucoma is diagnosed, it is then important to exercise particular care while moving around because recent research indicates that people with glaucoma are at increased risk for falls. When researchers followed glaucoma patients for one year, they found that 44% of them fell at least once. Nearly one-third of those who fell were injured, although not seriously. It seems that the individuals studied had particular problems with vision loss that prevented them from seeing their feet. Extra caution is urged.
Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve – the part of the eye that carries the images we see to the brain. Early detection and compliance with a treatment program are the keys to preventing optic nerve damage and blindness from glaucoma. The real tragedy surrounding the vision loss that accompanies glaucoma is that it is entirely preventable with early diagnosis and treatment.