Have you ever thought about how much you use your side vision on a daily basis? From driving, biking, or walking to navigating your way through a crowd, your side vision is very important! Even without any visible eye or vision problems, you still may have glaucoma, an eye disease that damages your side vision.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases where damage occurs to your optic nerve, the same nerve that connects your eye to your brain so you can see. Unfortunately, the exact cause of this disease is still unknown. However, as a more complex eye disease, some risk factors include age, family history, elevated eye pressure (IOP), and being African American, Asian, or Hispanic.
Eye drops, laser treatments, and surgeries are all effective ways to lower the pressure inside your eye to a safe level. With this in mind, glaucoma is most commonly treated with eye drops or a simple in-office laser treatment.