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Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that causes increased eye pressure, which can result in damage to the optic nerve, vision loss and even blindness.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says anyone can get glaucoma, but the risk is higher for people with a family history of the disease, African Americans over the age of 40, and people over 60.
Changes in eye pressure due to glaucoma can happen slowly over time and there may be no symptoms.
There is currently no cure for the disease, but early detection and medical treatment can help increase your chances of avoiding permanent vision loss.
For more information, contact your eye care specialist and visit the CDC website at CDC.gov.
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I’m Cheraine Stanford, WPSU.