DEAR DOCTOR K: I was recently diagnosed with open-angle glaucoma. What can I expect in terms of treatment? Will the doctor be able to save my vision?
DEAR READER: Our eyes are filled with clear fluid. In glaucoma, pressure builds up in the fluid. This increased pressure damages the optic nerve, which carries information from the eye to the brain. Because of the damage to the optic nerve, the information reaching the brain is reduced, and you cannot see as clearly.