Think of your annual ophthalmology visit as a primary care check-up for your eyes. The tests given during a complete exam help identify chronic conditions that may be impacting your vision, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Damage seen to blood vessels at the back of the eye can signal changes that need to be addressed.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that destroy delicate optic nerve fibers responsible for transmitting visual signals to the brain.
The destruction typically occurs slowly which is why glaucoma can be so devastating. It is often only confirmed after significant damage to the optic nerve, causing permanent vision loss.