Glaucoma affects an estimated 3 million Americans and is one of the leading causes of permanent vision loss in the world. Glaucoma occurs when there is too much pressure within the eyes – something which puts pressure onto the optic nerve and damages it. Since the optic nerve is responsible for sending messages from the eye to the brain to tell us what we can see, any damage to it can affect the clarity of our vision. As such, if glaucoma isn’t diagnosed and treated promptly, it can lead to a significant deterioration in your vision and eventually total blindness.
You may not have heard of dry eyes or dry eye syndrome, but there is a good chance that you have experienced it at some point during your lifetime. Unsurprisingly, the defining characteristic of the condition is dry, stiff-feeling eyes that can be uncomfortable and even compromise your vision a little. It may be a particularly serious condition, but if you are someone who experiences it regularly, it can have an effect on your day to day life.