Glaucoma is a condition that damages the eye's optic nerve over time. It is a leading cause of blindness in the United States. Glaucoma occurs when the fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly rises and damages the optic nerve, although that pressure is not always the cause of the damage. Many times the eye fluid, or aqueous humor, isn't circulating normally in the front of the eye, thereby creating pressure. Other causes of glaucoma include a blunt or chemical eye injury, severe eye infection, inflammatory conditions of the eye, and blockage of blood vessels in the eye. Without treatment, those with glaucoma slowly lose their peripheral (side) vision and in time may lose all vision.
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Improving the detection of glaucoma
Glaucoma is a silent disease. It does not hurt, symptoms are slow to develop, and most people do not notice any loss of vision until it is too late. A project by ophthalmologists at UAB are examining whether a partnership with community-based optometrists will improve detection and treatment of glaucoma, especially for high-risk populations.
UAB Callahan Eye Hospital helped save a young baseball player’s career and, most importantly, his sight.
Baseball Eye Injury
College baseball player Meade Kendrick was nearly blinded by a batted ball during a practice drill. The ball hit directly on Kendrick’s left eye resulting in a severe closed-globe injury to the eye. See how Meade's vision was restored by UAB Ophthalmologist Doug Witherspoon, M.D. at the UAB Callahan Eye Hospital.
After being hit in the eye with a bottle rocket, Dianne Peterson underwent sight-saving surgery at UAB Callahan Eye Hospital.
Fireworks Eye Injury
Dianne Peterson was just a bystander when a firework hit her in the eye on July 4th. The damage to her left eye was severe. Instead of celebrating, she had eye surgery at midnight. See her story of caution.
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