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Understanding Glaucoma and Your Risk Factors
Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness for people older than 60 – but it can often be prevented with early awareness and treatment. Glaucoma damages the eye’s optic nerve when fluid builds up in the front part of the eye. The extra fluid adds pressure in the eye, damaging the optic nerve. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 3 million Americans have glaucoma, and it’s the second leading cause of blindness worldwide. Glaucoma can also occur in one or both eyes.