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My grandmother is 78 years old and few days ago she was diagnosed with glaucoma. I would like to know more about this condition? What is the treatment for it? Is there a cure for glaucoma?

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Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning and there may be no symptoms in the early stages of this disease. It is estimated that half of the people affected by glaucoma may not know they have it. Vision loss is caused by damage to the optic nerve that acts like an electric cable with over a million wires. This nerve is responsible for carrying images from the eye to the brain. There is no cure for glaucoma yet but medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. The appropriate treatment depends upon the type of glaucoma and early detection is vital to stopping the progress of the disease. There are two categories of adult glaucoma: open angle glaucoma and closed angle glaucoma. Treatment includes medication, usually prescription eye drops, or surgery to lower the pressure in the eye and prevent further damage to the optic nerve, depending upon the type of glaucoma. Early diagnosis and continuing treatment can preserve eyesight and surgery involves either laser treatment or making a cut in the eye to reduce the intraocular pressure.
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