Updated: 01/22/2014 11:20 AM
Created: 01/22/2014 10:57 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson
In just the last generation, Mayo Clinic says huge strides have been made in preventing blindness in glaucoma patients.
Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye's optic nerve and result in vision loss and blindness. According to the Centers for Disease Control, it often happens when the normal fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly rises.
Researchers looked at the medical records of Olmsted County patients diagnosed with the condition between 1981 and 2001. They then compared them to a previous study of patients between 1965 and 1980.
They found that while the number of people diagnosed with glaucoma was the same, the likelihood of going blind in at least one eye dropped by half.
Researchers credit the change to a better understanding of the condition along with better treatment and management of patients.