FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
In the front of the eye is a space called the anterior chamber. A clear fluid flows continuously in and out of the chamber and nourishes nearby tissues. The fluid leaves the chamber at the open angle where the cornea and iris meet. When the fluid reaches the angle, it flows through a spongy meshwork, like a drain, and leaves the eye.
Sometimes, when the fluid reaches the angle, it passes too slowly through the meshwork drain. As the fluid builds up, the pressure inside the eye rises to a level that may damage the optic nerve. When the optic nerve is damaged from increased pressure, open-angle glaucoma—and vision loss—may result. That’s why controlling pressure inside the eye is important.
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MYTHS AND REALITIES IN GLAUCOMA
01. Glaucoma is more common in African people than in Whites
02. Glaucoma tends to run in families.
03. A person can have glaucoma and not know it.
04. People over age 60 are more likely to get glaucoma.
05. People with glaucoma usually do not experience pain from the disease.
06. Glaucoma can be controlled.
07. People at risk for glaucoma should have an eye examination through dilated pupils.