January 31, 2017
Ophthalmologist Dr. Ralph Del Negro is examining eyes for glaucoma.
“Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases where typically high eye pressure causes damage to the optic nerve or nerves that goes from your eye to your brain,” explained Del Negro.
High eye pressure typically occurs because, internally, fluid doesn’t drain out of the eye normally, says Del Negro of the Jersey Shore University Medical Center. The fluid builds up instead and that increases the pressure in the eye, which damages the optic nerve, that in turn could cause blindness. There are usually no early warning signs.