Time was running out for young Adanelie Gonzalez, a four-year-old patient at Miami Children’s Hospital who had been born with a serious heart condition, total anomalous pulmonary venous connection (TAPVC). Even after two complex open-heart surgeries and multiple cardiac catheterizations, she would tell her parents, “I just can’t breathe.”
Glaucoma is a condition that affects the optic nerve in the eye and is caused by pressure building up inside the eye, resulting in the damage. In most cases, the condition is hereditary. If the pressure is not treated by an ophthalmologist in a timely manner, it will eventually result in total blindness of the eye within a matter of a few years.
Often we take our sight for granted. Many diseases and disorders that can cause loss of vision, if caught early in their development, are treatable. Regular eye exams with a trained Ophthalmologist or a Doctor of Optometry are the keys to keeping your eyes healthy and ensuring that problems are diagnosed quickly. Make regular eye exams a habit.