Medical Definition of Eyes, glaucoma

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Eyes, glaucoma: Disease (there is more than one type) a condition of the eye that leads to progressive atrophy of the optic nerve often associated with increased pressure within the eye. Glaucoma can lead to blindness. Glaucoma is more likely to occur in Blacks than in Whites. Early detection of glaucoma is essential to the preservation of vision. Glaucoma can be treated with medications, laser or traditional surgery.

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Last Editorial Review: 1/11/2017

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