Glaucoma is a serious eye disease that effects thousands of South Jersey residents. Almost half for the people in this country with glaucoma are unaware that they have it, since there are usually no symptoms. Diagnosis usually occurs after testing in the eye doctors (ophthalmologist or optometrist) office. Treatment is usually with eye drops or laser. More serious cases may require surgery to prevent loss of vision. Patients who are at risk for glaucoma include those with a family history of glaucoma, African-Americans, diabetics and near-sighted patients.