Glaucoma Facts

  • Glaucoma is a 2nd leading cause of blindness in the world. 10% of people with glaucoma who receive proper treatment will still experience loss of vision.
  • There is no cure for glaucoma.
  • Everyone is at risk of developing glaucoma from babies to senior citizens.
  • There may be no symptoms.
  • Over 3 million Americans have glaucoma. Only half know it.
  • Glaucoma results in a loss of peripheral or side vision initially, which affects your ability to move about safely. Over time, glaucoma can damage your central vision as well.
  • African Americans are 15 times more likely to be visually impaired from glaucoma. Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in African-Americans, who should begin glaucoma tests as early as age 35.
  • In the US, more than 120,000 are blind from glaucoma.
  • Glaucoma can also affect reading, because the loss of visual field can reduce the number of words you can read at one time.
  • Glaucoma can cause irreversible damage to the optic nerve if left undetected and untreated.
  • Early treatment for glaucoma is effective in keeping visual field defects from getting worse and thereby preserving vision.