As this month is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, this post is intended to emphasize the importance of recognizing the indications of glaucoma. Glaucoma is a group of progressive eye disorders that cause damage to the eye's optic nerve, which can be a precursor to loss of central vision and eventual blindness. If not treated, glaucoma often initially results in vision loss in the periphery of the field of vision until it eventually results in a complete loss of vision. Glaucoma is the leading reason for avoidable vision loss and statistics show that over 60 million individuals worldwide are afflicted with the vision threatening condition.
A significant source of glaucoma is thought to be elevated pressure in the eye referred to as intraocular pressure. As the pressure increases, this damages the optic nerve which transmits signals from the eye to the brain. In instances where this system doesn't function normally, eyesight is impaired. Regrettably, damage to the optic nerve can't be reversed.
Glaucoma is particularly dangerous because distinct from other forms of blindness, it is an asymptomatic condition until irreparable damage is done.
This is why glaucoma is often called the "sneak thief of sight." This may leave you wondering: how is it possible to protect yourself against a disease which has no obvious symptoms?
Prompt detection of glaucoma is necessary for successful treatment. While glaucoma risk is universal, specific groups are more at risk than others. Risk factors for glaucoma may include anyone over 45 years of age, individuals having family members who have had glaucoma, individuals with a predisposition towards diabetes, or known eye problems such as high intraocular pressure.
An effective way to detect glaucoma is to find a qualified eye doctor. There are a series of diagnostic eye evaluations employed to check the beginnings of glaucoma. Especially if you are over 45 or know that you are at risk, make sure to book a comprehensive eye examination at least once a year.
Unfortunately for the most part glaucoma is not preventable. However the loss of sight caused by damage to the optic nerve can be stopped by a reliable diagnosis and proper treatment. Contact Fox Eye Care Group Raleigh now, for a yearly glaucoma screening.