May is Healthy Vision Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of vision health and taking precautions to prevent blindness. One of the leading causes of blindness is glaucoma, often referred to as the “silent thief of sight.” Understanding this condition can be helpful, as early detection and treatment can help prevent vision loss.

Glaucoma is typically caused by a build-up of fluid pressure in the eyes, resulting from either an overproduction of fluid or a blockage in the drainage system. This increased pressure can damage the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain and is essential for processing visual information. The first sign of glaucoma is often the loss of peripheral vision, which can gradually progress to tunnel vision and, if left untreated, blindness.  

Glaucoma often goes unnoticed in its early stages, as it causes no pain and is gradual in vision loss. By the time symptoms become noticeable, irreversible vision loss may have already occurred. This is why regular eye exams are essential, especially for individuals over the age of 60, who are at a higher risk of developing glaucoma. 

Treatment for glaucoma aims to lower intraocular pressure to prevent further damage to the optic nerve. Depending on the severity of the condition, this can be achieved through eye drops, laser therapy, or surgery. Treatment also aims to preserve the remaining vision and prevent further loss. 

To protect your vision and prevent glaucoma-related blindness, it’s crucial to schedule an annual eye exam. At Pacific Eye Institute, our glaucoma team, led by experienced ophthalmologists, is dedicated to providing comprehensive eye care and early detection of eye diseases like glaucoma. 

Take the first step towards preserving your vision by calling (800) 345-8979 to schedule your annual eye exam today. Visit our website at to learn more about our services and how we can help you maintain a healthy vision for years to come. 

Don’t let glaucoma steal your sight. Schedule your eye exam today and take control of your vision health.