Glaucoma Awareness Month
Lets start the education wheels off strong in 2022 with Glaucoma Awareness Month. This year we hope that with our posts we are able to reach you and enhance overall education on eye health. If you find this interesting please do your part and either share this post or pass on your new found knowledge with others to educate and help aid prevention of eye diseases.
Glaucoma, what is it?
Glaucoma is an eye disease caused from damage to the optic nerve behind the eye. Symptoms include peripheral vision loss and that can eventually lead to blindness if left untreated. The most dangerous aspect of glaucoma is that the symptoms are almost unnoticeable and occur very slowly. Gradual loss of sight in your peripheral sight and around your nose are the most common first signs, although usually not detected until it is too late.
Early detection can be in the form of dilating eye drops and visual fields tests, both of which Lily is well versed in and able to perform. From there treatment would be either scheduled prescription eye drops, laser treatment or surgery. Both forms of detection are simple, quick and painless. Treatments will not undo any damage to your vision although they can stop it from getting worse.
Everyone is at risk of glaucoma although studies have shown that certain demographics are more susceptible than others. People at a higher risk are Hispanic and Latinos over the age of 60, African Americans over the age of 40 and those with a family history of the disease. Talk to Lily if you have any hesitations or are interested in getting tested for it. If you fall within the higher risk category you may need to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam up 1-2 times a year.
Scientists have found no known cause of glaucoma but people that are diagnosed with it tend to have high eye pressure. There are treatments and ways to lower your eye pressure, please speak to Lily for more information as she will create a management plan specifically catered to your needs.
Unfortunately there is no way to prevent glaucoma but early detection and treatment is key. This is why annual eye health examinations are so important. Call us on 92465333 to book in.