What Is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a condition that causes damage to your eye’s optic nerve and gets worse over time. It’s often linked to a build-up of pressure inside your eye. Glaucoma tends to be inherited and may not show up until later in life. The increased pressure, called intraocular pressure, can damage the optic nerve, which transmits images to your brain. If the damage continues, glaucoma can lead to permanent vision loss. Without treatment, glaucoma can cause total permanent blindness within a few years.
What Causes Glaucoma?
It’s the result of high fluid pressure inside your eye. This happens when the liquid in the front part of the eye doesn’t circulate the way it should.
It’s passed from parents to children.
Less common causes include a blunt or chemical injury to your eye, severe eye infection, blocked blood vessels inside the eye, and inflammatory conditions. It’s rare, but sometimes eye surgery to correct another condition can bring it on. It usually affects both eyes, but it may be worse in one than the other.
Who Gets Glaucoma?
You’re more likely to get it if you:
- Are over 40
- Have a family history of glaucoma
- Have poor vision
- Have diabetes
- Take certain steroids medication, like prednisone
- Have had trauma to the eye or eyes
In most cases, Glaucoma does not have any symptoms, until one starts experiencing vision lost, but some cases, you may feel the following symptoms ,which you would have to seek immediate medical care:
- Seeing halos around lights
- Vision loss
- Redness in the eye
- Eye that looks hazy (particularly in infants)
- Nausea or vomiting
- Eye pain
- Narrowed vision (tunnel vision)
How Is It Diagnosed?
Through Glaucoma vision Screening
How Is Glaucoma Treated?
Your doctor may use prescription eye drops, laser surgery, or microsurgery.
Can You Prevent Glaucoma?
No. But if you diagnose and treat it early, you can control the disease.
What’s the Outlook?
Vision lost to Glaucoma can’t be restored,but the good part of the vision that is left can be maintained, and further damage prevented.
Hence,the need to go for a Glaucoma Screening!
Free Glaucoma screening available at Nisa Hospital
Date: March 13th -18th
Time: 8:am – 4pm daily
You could contact us on any of these numbers: 07038891805, 08175754485