Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can damage the optic nerve and result in vision loss and blindness. According to the World Health Organization, glaucoma is the second leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide.
More than 3 million Americans are living with glaucoma, but only half of those know that they have it. Most are aged 40 and older and have its most common type, open-angle glaucoma. In 2010, 60.5 million people around the world had glaucoma. This number could increase to almost 80 million by 2020, given the aging of the world’s population.
In this section, you can find out more about the disease and what you can do to manage care for yourself or a loved one.
- A healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and a nutritious diet, contributes to your overall well-being and promotes eye health. Learn more in Healthy Living.
- Learn about the disease in Understanding Glaucoma, including prevention and risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
- Managing Glaucoma provides tips for managing your disease, such as finding a doctor, government benefits, and insurance and long-term care.
- Find help for yourself and your family with information about safety in the home, family and relationships, quality of life, and more in Living with Glaucoma.
- Caring for Someone Else provides practical information and social and emotional support for caregivers of people with glaucoma.