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Glaucoma

January 16, 2019

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Did you know that glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States? Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions or diseases that damage the optic nerve, according to the Mayo Clinic. Glaucoma usually occurs when the fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly rises, therefore damaging the optic nerve, according to MedlinePlus. “This internal fluid normally drains out through a tissue called the trabecular meshwork at the angle where the iris and cornea meet,” according to Mayo Clinic. “When fluid is overproduced or the drainage system doesn't work properly, the fluid can't flow out at its normal rate and eye pressure increases.”

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