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Glaucoma involves damage to the optic nerve in the eye and can result in blindness. Find out how to get a glaucoma test and learn more about treatment options here.

Could air pollution increase glaucoma risk?

The most common cause of glaucoma is a build-up of pressure from fluid in the eye, which damages the optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain. So, how could air pollution have an effect?

How common is glaucoma?

Worldwide, glaucoma is the second highest cause of blindness after cataracts, according to the World Health Organization.

Diagnosing glaucoma

Early detection is essential to preserve your sight and diagnosis is the first step.

What is glaucoma?

Despite how common glaucoma is, many people do not know what it is, let alone know the signs of this silent but dangerous condition.

Symptoms of glaucoma

Vision only typically declines in the late stages. In the meantime, gradual, painless damage could be affecting both eyes.

Risk factors for glaucoma

Researchers have pinpointed a number of factors that may be linked to the progression of glaucoma.

Treating glaucoma

The appropriate course of therapy for glaucoma will take your unique factors into account.

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Megan Goodman qualified as an optometrist from the University of Johannesburg. She has recently completed a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology at Stellenbosch University. She has a keen interest in ocular pathology and evidence based medicine as well as contact lenses.

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