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Your Eyes July/August 2004

A Disease That Silently Robs You of Your Sight

Glaucoma is often called the "silent thief of sight," because many of the 3 million individuals that are impaired by the disease are unaware of the problem.  In many cases, the condition is already quite serious efore it is detected.  It is usually recognized because of blurred or diminished vision, difficulty adjusting from a lit to a dark room, trouble with close-up work and seeing color rings when looking at bright lights.

Once thought of as a single disease, glaucoma is now recognized as a broad term for a certain patter of damage to the optic nerve.  This is a bundle of nerve fibers that carries information from the eye to the brain.  The injury normally occurs in the presence of high eye pressure, which is similar to blood pressure.  However, contrary to popular belief, the condition can take place with normal or even below-normal eye pressure as well.

The best way to prevent vision loss from glaucoma is early diagnosis and treatment.  See your eye-care practitioner at least every two years for a complete examination.  People at high risk for glaucoma due to family history, ethnic background, age or optic nerve appearance may need more frequent visits to the eye doctor.

Dr. Tom Smith
Drs. Smith and Smith
592 N. Main St.
McKenzie, TN 38201
731-352-2020
or toll free 1-877-710-2020

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