What Is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is an eye disease that involves damage to the optic nerve. This is the nerve which connects each eye to the brain.
When the optic nerve is damaged some
signals from the eye do not reach the brain. This leads to a reduction in your visual field and if not managed properly, can lead to blindness.
Who Is At Risk For Glaucoma?
Glaucoma can affect people of every race , gender and nationality.
Risk factors for glaucoma include: age over forty years , family history of glaucoma, african ancestry, short sightedness (myopia), diabetes, migraine, certain medications.
Signs And Symptoms Of Glaucoma
In the early stages of the disease there are few signs and symptoms. Signs and symptoms include: pain, loss of peripheral vision and blindness.
How Do I Know If I Have Glaucoma?
If you think you may be at risk of glaucoma, please see your ophthalmologist for
screening. Complete eye exams are necessary to determine if you have Glaucoma or are at risk of glaucoma.
Treatment Of Glaucoma
Unfortunately, there is no cure for glaucoma. But, if caught early, Glaucoma can be treated effectively. Your ophthalmologist will decide which treatment is suitable.