Glaucoma, or as often referred to as “increased intraocular pressure” is a very common eye disease that is one of the leading causes of blindness in the world and here! Glaucoma is a condition in which it is difficult to maintain the normal flow of aqueous humor through the eye, causing high levels of intraocular pressure within the eye and leading to damage of the optic nerve, visual field deterioration, and loss of vision. The danger lies in the fact that there are no pronounced subjective symptoms – glaucoma is not felt until it is too late!
Normal intraocular pressure values range from 10 to 20 mmHg. It is important to know that 30% of people have all the symptoms of glaucoma disease with normal or slightly increased pressure. Due to this fact it is important to have regular eye examinations!