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The differences between glaucoma and cataracts

Glaucoma and cataracts are two of the most common conditions, disrupting vision for millions of people.

These two conditions are not directly related, and one cannot cause the other to occur. The conditions do, however, share many similarities — one being that they are the leading causes of blindness around the world.

The following is an outline of the chief similarities and differences between cataracts and glaucoma — from symptoms and vision loss to risk factors and methods of treatment:


Though cataracts and glaucoma are common conditions, they should be taken seriously and treated with the appropriate care and attention as soon as they are detected. 

Regular eye exams are encouraged in order to identify signs and symptoms of cataracts and glaucoma, especially for those who are considered strong candidates for developing either condition. The earlier cataracts and glaucoma are diagnosed, the more likely they can be successfully treated.

Note: Don’t wait to see a doctor if you believe you are experiencing either of these conditions. Consult an eye care professional as soon as possible if you suspect you may be at risk for one or the other.

READ MORE: Glaucoma vs. cataracts: Understanding the difference

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