Glaucoma awareness

I’ve heard of glaucoma before. Back in my college days, I knew someone who was in the early stage of glaucoma. But I never really looked into it, not realizing how serious it actually was.

Only in the recent days have I began realizing how serious a disease glaucoma is.

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness. In fact, glaucoma almost always leads to blindness. It is a disease where the nerve that is responsible for our vision – ย the optic nerve – becomes damaged.

It is important to recognize the early signs of glaucoma. Sometimes, glaucoma sets in suddenly, characterized by headache, nausea, eye pain, blurred vision and halos. The eyes’ visual fields gradually become more and more narrow, until only a tunnel of vision remains. In advanced stages, the patient goes blind.

For most, the symptoms become apparent only when the damage to the optic nerve is extensive. What’s alarming is that there is no cure for glaucoma. Once it sets in, the damage it causes cannot be reversed. So early detection of glaucoma is absolutely necessary.

Treatment of glaucoma includes eyedrops or oral medications to decrease eye pressure. For more advanced cases, surgery may be necessary to reduce eye pressure. Laser surgery, iridotomy, and operative surgery are some of the options for treatment. The Asian Eye Institute offers these services, as well as patient education.

If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, or if you have relatives who suffer from glaucoma or blindness, it may be time to have your eyes checked. Remember, it is possible to save sight if glaucoma is diagnosed early.

3 thoughts on “Glaucoma awareness

  1. Great and informative article, Chats ๐Ÿ™‚

    Glaucoma is also one of the known diseases highly-associated with diabetes. My Mom is diabetic and is already partially blind due to glaucoma. She already had 4 surgeries but that didn’t even save her eyesight ๐Ÿ™

    Especially to those who are pre-disposed to having diabetes due to genetics or other factors, it is important to have your eyes checked regularly. Prevention is always better.

  2. Glaucoma is usually deemed condition of the eye wherein sensitiveness to ocular pressure leads to retinal and optic nerve harm. It is one of the reason for eye failure. Chronic glaucoma is known as the sly robber of eyesight as one has no signs or symptoms, it is difficult to detect. There are many risk factors associated with Chronic glaucoma like age, eye irregularities, family history, hypertension, headaches etc.

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