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Glaucoma
Pathology
Type

Opthamological

Cause(s)

Unknown, but has both dietary and genetic components

Symptoms

Increased pressure within eye, gradual vision loss

Mortality Rate

None

Treatments

Supportive therapy and eye medication

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Glaucoma is an eye disease that can lead to blindness.  It's underlying causes and etiology are not understood, but it is associated with certain ethnic groups and tends to run in families, indicating a genetic component.  It is highly associated with increased pressure within the eye, which appears to damage the optic nerve in a characteristic pattern.

Glaucoma is incurable, and treatment concentrates on alleviating symptoms and complications.

Glaucoma at Wikipedia

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