How Does Medical Marijuana Help Glaucoma Treatment?

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Glaucoma is the name for a variety of diseases that impact the eye and damage the optic nerve, potentially opening up a person to blindness. Typical eyes produce a fluid known as aqueous, which must then be drained from the eye to ensure a healthy eye pressure. In a common form of the eye disease, Primary Open Angle Glaucoma, passageways for aqueous become clogged and stopped up. Fluid accumulation across the eye damages a person’s optic nerve and greatly inhibits their eyesight.

Currently, glaucoma charts as the second most common form of blindness in both the United States and across the wider world. An estimated 64 million people have glaucoma worldwide, and the disease is six times more common in people who are over the age of 60.