Glaucoma is an eye disease that is indicated by increased intraocular pressure. This gradually leads to optic nerve damage that is first noticeable by a worsening of peripheral vision and can later lead to more severe visual impairment and, in worst cases, complete blindness.

Patients afflicted by glaucoma usually have no problems for a very long period of time since problems become symptomatic only in late stages of the disease. There are many causes of the development of glaucoma and treatment primarily depends on the cause of the increased intraocular pressure. Treatment can be conservative using medications, but in some cases, surgery is required. The success in the treatment of all patients is regularly monitored with intraocular pressure measurements using tonometry and with periodic examinations of the eye fundus.

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