Glaucoma is a common eye condition but most people know very little about it. It happens when fluid can’t drain from the eyes properly, causing pressure to build. Over time this pressure causes damage to your optic nerve, affecting your vision.
We put together this quiz to test your knowledge of glaucoma. Hopefully, the answers will make you more aware of some of the biggest signs and symptoms of the disease.
True or False: Glaucoma is solely an inherited disease.
Answer: False. Glaucoma has been observed to run in families but it has not been established as a hereditary disease.
True or False: You can have glaucoma and not know it.
Answer: True. Glaucoma doesn’t usually cause any symptoms in the beginning. And because it damages your eyes slowly over time it can take some people a long time to realize there is a problem.
True or False: Only people over the age of 60 develop glaucoma.
Answer: False. Glaucoma is more common in adults over the age of 60 but people of all ages can develop glaucoma. Even babies can have glaucoma.
True or False: People with glaucoma experience high levels of pain.
Answer: False. Most people with glaucoma don’t experience any pain. This is why it takes many people a long time to realize they have glaucoma.
True or False: Any vision lost to glaucoma is permanent.
Answer: True. Once you lose your vision to glaucoma you can’t get it back. This is why yearly eye exams are so important; your doctor will check for signs of glaucoma and other common eye diseases.
So how did you do on our little quiz? Hopefully, you learned something new about glaucoma and will be better prepared to protect your own eyes. Knowledge is the best way to take care of yourself and your eyes.
If you are concerned about some recent changes to your vision, schedule an appointment with one of our doctors today. Pinke Eye Center in Shelton, CT is happy to partner with you in your quest for long-term eye health.