How Glaucoma Develops
Glaucoma is a serious eye disease that occurs when the optic nerve, responsible for sending visual information from the eyes to the brain, becomes damaged.
Because our eyes are fueled by the mechanics of our body, it knows to continually produce the fluid necessary for regular eye function. In a healthy system, this fluid drains from the eye as needed, is replenished and the cycle is repeated. However, in cases of glaucoma, this fluid does not drain, resulting in extreme pressure on the eye, called intraocular pressure, or IOP. This high pressure can damage the optic nerve and lead to permanent vision loss and even blindness.