Glaucoma: Overview

Glaucoma is a serious eye disorder where the eye’s internal pressure gets too high. There are two types: acute and chronic. Acute glaucoma (closed-angle glaucoma) is a medical emergency requiring immediate treatment to avoid permanent blindness in the affected eye. Chronic Open-Angle Glaucoma is more common and also less rapidly progressing, although it can lead to blindness too. High pressure inside the eye is called High Intra-Ocular Pressure (IOP). In glaucoma, the pressure is so high that the blood vessels of the optic nerve get damaged, causing vision loss. High IOP can occur without glaucoma, and chronically high IOP is a risk factor for the later development of glaucoma.

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