This six-page illustrated handout educates people about glaucoma, which is an eye disease that can damage the optic nerve and cause vision loss or blindness. It discusses how glaucoma affects the eye, and defines its two main types as open-angle glaucoma and angle-closure glaucoma. It identifies risk factors as well as populations most at risk for developing glaucoma, and describes its signs and symptoms. The document outlines tests for glaucoma, its treatment with eye drops, oral medicines, laser treatment, or surgery, and provides tips to prevent increased pressure on the eyes. It recommends that people see their eye doctor and have their eyes checked and tested for glaucoma at least every five years after age 40.
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