Glaucoma: the third most common cause of blindness in India

Around 11.2 million people aged 40 years and above in India have glaucoma but only 20% of them are aware of it, experts said on World Glaucoma Day.

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can cause vision loss and blindness by damaging a nerve in the back of your eye called the optic nerve.

The symptoms can start so slowly that you may not notice them. The only way to find out if you have glaucoma is to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam.

There’s no cure for glaucoma, but early treatment can often stop the damage and protect your vision.

Scientists aren’t sure what causes the most common types of glaucoma, but many people with glaucoma have high eye pressure.