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What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma occurs when there is too much fluid pressure in the eye, causing eye damage and potential blindness. Although glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States, it can be prevented if the disease is detected and treated in time. Unfortunately, glaucoma seldom produces early symptoms, and usually there is no pain from increased pressure. Side or peripheral vision loss occurs as the disease progresses, although frontal vision remains clear. Who is most likely to get glaucoma? Anyone can get it, but there are some people who are at a higher risk. They include:· African-Americans over the age of 40.· Everyone over the age of 60.· People with a family history of glaucoma.

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