Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States – accounting for approximately 12% of new cases of blindness each year. This condition affects about 3% of all Americans over the age of 65, or over 3 million people, and over half of those with glaucoma don’t know they have it.
Glaucoma is an eye disease that most often develops gradually (usually over several years), causes no pain, and presents only subtle symptoms that worsen over time. It can also affect children. In fact, one child in 10,000 is born with glaucoma. Symptoms may include blurred vision and loss of side vision.