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What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a progressive disease of the optic nerve caused when the pressure inside the eye is higher than the optic nerve can withstand.  The most common form of glaucoma will cause a patient to slowly lose their vision, starting with their peripheral vision.  For many years this loss of vision will go unnoticed by a patient.  Left untreated, glaucoma will result in blindness. According to W.H.O. glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness after cataracts worldwide.