Here’s a disturbing fact about glaucoma: according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, over 120,000 Americans have gone blind due to this ailment, which accounts for about 9-12% of vision-loss cases in the country.
What to Know about Glaucoma
So, what exactly is glaucoma? The eyes contain a clear fluid called aqueous humor, which circulates in the front area of the eyeball. This liquid drains out through the trabecular meshwork, a network of cells and tissues.
For reasons that are yet to be fully understood by medicine, the trabecular meshwork sometimes gets blocked, causing the aqueous humor to build up. As in a blocked drain pipe, the restricted flow causes pressure inside the eyes to build up, which in turn damages the optic nerves, eventually causing vision loss. Read more on this article: