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Top 5 Myths of Glaucoma

Most people have heard of glaucoma, but few know the whole story.  In short, glaucoma is an eye condition where the optic nerve becomes damaged, usually as a result of increased pressure in the eye.  This damaging of the optic nerve ultimately causes a gradual but serious loss of vision.  Untreated, the disease often results in complete blindness.

Now that you have a basic understanding of glaucoma, let’s clear up a few of the most common myths surrounding this serious condition.

Here are the top 5 myths of glaucoma:

1. Myth:  Glaucoma is rare.
Fact:
On the contrary, it has been estimated that over 2 million Americans are suffering from glaucoma.  Even more disturbing is the fact that glaucoma remains a leading cause of blindness in the US.

2. Myth:  Only patients with a family history can develop glaucoma.
Fact:
Although certain factors like age and heredity can increase your chances of developing glaucoma, the condition can affect anyone, anywhere and at any age.

3. Myth:  Glaucoma cannot be treated.
Fact:
While there is currently no cure, there are a host of Glaucoma Treatments aimed at minimizing the risk of permanent vision loss. These treatments include medications, eye drops and surgery.

4. Myth: Only patients with glaucoma symptoms should get checked out.
Fact:
The majority of glaucoma patients do not experience any symptoms before the optic nerve actually becomes damaged.  For this reason, regular glaucoma screenings are vitally important.

5. Myth:  Glaucoma screenings are painful.
Fact:
Glaucoma screenings test different things—visual field, pressure in the eye, etc.  Each of these tests are not only quick, but non-painful.

Get Checked!  Schedule a Glaucoma Screening Today

To schedule a glaucoma screening or to learn about any of the ophthalmology services we offer, we encourage you to contact us today.  Our offices are located in Winchester, serving Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. Book your appointment at (540) 722-6200.  We look forward to seeing you.

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