The Glaucoma Guide
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a term used for a group of diseases that often progressively and subtly damage the optic nerve, which sends visual information to the brain. Peripheral vision is often affected and elevated eye pressure is usually present, often without symptoms.
Is it common?
Glaucoma affects mostly patients over 45 years and is more common in older age groups. 1% of the population suffers from glaucoma at the age of 70 years and 2% at the age of 80. Nearly 70 million people have glaucoma worldwide, half of them without knowing it. In most cases, glaucoma can be controlled if the patient is frequently examined by his ophthalmologist.