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Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that can damage the optic nerve. The optic nerve is responsible for transmitting information from our eyes to the brain to form an image.  Most often, optic nerve damage is caused by increased pressure in the eye, known as intraocular pressure. The front part of the eye is filled with a clear fluid called aqueous humor. This fluid is produced behind the colored part of the eye (iris). It leaves the eye through channels where the iris and cornea meet. This drainage area is called the anterior chamber angle. The cornea is the clear covering on the front of the eye that covers the iris, pupil, and angle.  This process of fluid formation and its egress is a continuous cycle. Anything that slows or blocks the flow of this fluid will cause elevated intraocular pressure.

Glaucoma can result in gradual loss of vision. It is the second most common cause of blindness in the United States and is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in African Americans. At present, approximately 3 million people are afflicted with glaucoma in the United States and about 50% of these individuals may not even know that they have the disease because of its asymptomatic nature. 

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Title(s): Vice Chair for Clinical and Academic Affairs for the Department of Ophthalmology; Director, Glaucoma and Cataract Service; Visiting Professor, TUSM
Department(s): Ophthalmology, Glaucoma services
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