To celebrate the world glaucoma week let’s discuss and raise awareness on what glaucoma is, why does it happen and how can one avoid it. Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness with over 3 million people suffering from it.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a number of eye diseases that progressively damage the optic nerve. If left untreated, a patient’s vision can gradually become worse and even cause blindness.
Glaucoma is a disease where the optic nerve becomes damaged, most commonly as a result of increased pressure in the eye. This damaging of the optic nerve ultimately causes a gradual but serious loss of vision. Untreated, the disease often results in complete blindness.
Risk Factors & Prevention
There are no known ways to prevent glaucoma. However there are risk factors identified that indicate your susceptibility to Glaucoma. The risk factor include
- High Blood pressure
- Family history of glaucoma
- Far sightedness
- Eye surgery/ injury
- Diabetes or cardiovascular disease
- Japanese & East Asian ethnicity
Get Checked! Schedule an Appointment with CloudClinik Today!
Currently regular eye exam is the only way to prevent Glaucoma. Early detection of glaucoma also helps prevent complete loss of vision. It is also advised to get one eye exams every two years to prevent the disease and catch it in time. Sign up on CloudClinik and schedule an eye exam today.