A senior woman having an eye exam.

If you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with glaucoma, it can be a stressful time for you and your family. By learning more about the disease and how to manage it, you can take charge of your eye care.

Glaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible blindness, and vision lost to glaucoma cannot be regained. There is hope, however: Even though there is no cure for glaucoma, medications, and surgery can help slow the disease’s progression.

A senior African American couple talking with their doctor.

Finding Support

You may be unsure about what you should do first and how to get started. In this section, we guide you through the first steps of your glaucoma journey:

  • Start building your support team, including eye care specialists and low-vision therapists, to help you manage your care and continue daily activities with the help of various supports.
  • Find an eye doctor who’s right for you, to coordinate your treatment plan with your support team.
  • Prepare for your appointments to make the most of your time with your doctor.
  • Learn about federal, state, and local government benefits programs to help with cost and find other resources.

Glaucoma Patient Stories

Special thanks to Allergan, an AbbVie Company for sponsoring the following materials in support of our patient education efforts.

Meet Art and Patrice, who are sharing their stories, and learn about how they have adjusted to the role that glaucoma plays in their lives.

A photo of Patrice and the following text: Patrice's Story - Living with Open-Angle Glaucoma.

Living with Open-Angle Glaucoma

A photo of Art with the following text: Art's Story - Living with Open-Angle Glaucoma.

Living with Open-Angle Glaucoma

Art looking at a digital tablet and the following text: Art's Tips for Newly Diagnosed Glaucoma Patients.

For Newly Diagnosed Glaucoma Patients

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