Glaucoma

Glaucoma at Boston West Hospital

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an eye disorder where your optic nerve, which connects your eye to your brain, is damaged by the pressure of the fluid inside your eye. 

There are several types of glaucoma. Treatment is based on the type of glaucoma you have. The main types include:

• Primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) – most common type of glaucoma that develops slowly over many years.
• Angle closure glaucoma – rare, occurring slowly or rapidly with a sudden, painful build-up of pressure in the eye. Acute angle closure glaucoma causes permanent sight damage if it’s not treated quickly.
• Normal tension glaucoma (NTG) – where the pressure inside your eye is normal.
• Childhood / congenital glaucoma – occurs rarely in very young children due to an abnormality of the eye.
• Secondary glaucoma – caused by an eye injury or another eye condition, such as uveitis (inflammation of the eye’s middle layer).

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