How to beat invisible Glaucoma

World Glaucoma Patients’ Association in collaboration with World Glaucoma Association commemorate world glaucoma week in the second week of March of every year. Glaucoma is a condition that can result in damage to the optic nerve, the nerve that carries signals from the eye to the brain. It is commonly though not always, associated with an increase in fluid pressure within the eyeball. The front of the eyeball contains a fluid which is constantly produced and drains out of the eye. If the fluid pressure increases, the excessive pressure can damage the optic nerve, the nerve that carries signals to the brain. Once the optic nerve is damaged, the blindness cannot be reversed.

Glaucoma in the initial stage has no symptoms but in later stage of the disease the symptoms include seeing rainbows around light, smoky or cloudy vision. Others are bumping into objects and early morning ocular discomfort. Glaucoma is an emerging leading cause of blindness and it is referred as a thief of vision that steals the beam of life leaving it filled with profound darkness. Experts say that Glaucoma is an extremely serious eye disorder which can cause blindness if not treated early.

In view of alarming rise in number of cases of Glaucoma, experts say that regular eye check can detect this deadly disease and early detection and diagnosis can only prevent. Little is known about the prevention of glaucoma; however early diagnosis and treatment is the best way to prevent vision loss from glaucoma.

Risk Factors:

Having high internal eye pressure (interocular pressure)
Age above 60
Family History
Having certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and sickle cell anemia
Having certain eye conditions, such as myopia
Had certain types of eye surgery
Taking corticosteroid medications, especially eye drops, for a long time

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