In this video, Dr Rashmi, consultant ophthalmologist at Drishti Speciality Eyecare, Davangere, Karnataka, discuses and provides practical information about glaucoma, the warning signs and how to prevent glaucoma damage before it starts and tips for living with glaucoma.
Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders that lead to damage of the optic nerve (the nerve fibers that send signals from eye to the brain) and results in vision loss and blindness. Because they are usually no symptoms or pain associated with the onset of glaucoma, it’s called the silent thief of sight.
At first, glaucoma doesn’t usually have any symptoms. That’s why half of people with glaucoma don’t even know they have it.
Over time, you may slowly lose vision, usually starting with your side (peripheral) vision — especially the part of your vision that’s closest to your nose. Because it happens so slowly, many people can’t tell that their vision is changing at first.
But as the disease gets worse, you may start to notice that you can’t see things off to the side anymore. Without treatment, glaucoma can eventually cause blindness.
Courtesy: National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health (NEI/NIH).
- Having high internal eye pressure (intraocular pressure)
- Age above 60
- Family History
- Having certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and sickle cell anaemia
- Having certain eye conditions, such as myopia
- Had certain types of eye surgery
- Taking corticosteroid medications, especially eye drops, for a long time
Talk with an ophthalmologist about your risk for getting glaucoma. More than 50 percent of cases of glaucoma remain undiagnosed in the community.
Courtesy: National Health Portal; https://www.nhp.gov.in/world-glaucoma-week_pg
Because, the EARLIER the diagnosis, the less damage will be done and the more vision will be saved!
BEFORE AGE 40 every 2 -4 years
FROM 40 - 60 every 2 - 3 years
AFTER 60 every 1 - 2 years
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- World Glaucoma Association; https://www.worldglaucomaweek.org
- Glaucoma Research Foundation, Glaucoma Facts & Stats; https://www.glaucoma.org/glaucoma/glaucoma-facts-and-stats.php
- National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP), Learn About Glaucoma; https://nei.nih.gov/nehep/programs/glaucoma/learn-about