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Glaucoma is an important senior health care issue. Glaucoma usually occurs when fluid pressure inside the eye rises above normal and damages the optic nerve. Though glaucoma affects only 3% of the population, it's more prevalent in over-40 and black people. There is rarely any early warning signs, so it is very important to have thorough annual eye exams that test for glaucoma; untreated, glaucoma can cause complete blindness.