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Glaucoma Treatment

homeicons_GlaucomaGlaucoma is a complicated disease in which damage to the optic nerve leads to progressive, irreversible vision loss. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness. Glaucoma is a very misunderstood disease. Often, people don't realize the severity or who is affected.

Glaucoma Surgery
If medications do not control eye pressure, or if they create intolerable side effects, surgery may be necessary in a small percentage of people with glaucoma. The standard procedures are usually one of the following: Filtration surgery (trabeculectomy) or Laser trabeculoplasty.

Source: http://www.umm.edu/patiented/articles/what_surgical_treatments_glaucoma_000025_9.htm#ixzz2NudpYmK2

Some Statistics About Glaucoma

  • It is estimated that over 2.2 million Americans have glaucoma but only half of those know they have it. (1) In the U.S., more than 120,000 are blind from glaucoma, accounting for 9% to 12% of all cases of blindness. (2)
  • Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world, according to the World Health Organization.
  • After cataracts, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness among African Americans. (1)
  • Blindness from glaucoma is 6 to 8 times more common in African Americans than Caucasians. (3)
  • African Americans are 15 times more likely to be visually impaired from glaucoma than Caucasians. (4)
  • The most common form, open-angle glaucoma, accounts for 19% of all blindness among African Americans compared to 6% in Caucasians. (5)
  • Other high-risk groups include: people over 60, family members of those already diagnosed, diabetics, and people who are severely nearsighted.
  • Estimates put the total number of suspected cases of glaucoma at over 60 million worldwide. (6)

 Source: http://www.glaucoma.org/glaucoma/glaucoma-facts-and-stats.php