Glaucoma is a menace that may lead to a permanent loss of eyesight, and a person may not even know when the symptoms actually began.
Glaucoma is a disorder that damages the optic nerve of the eye and may lead to permanent loss of eyesight.
While in some people, the disease shows with symptoms like redness in eyes, pain and blurry vision, appearance of halos around lights, nausea and vomiting, the more common variety of glaucoma is the silent type (Chronic Open angle Glaucoma) in which the patient is totally asymptomatic and is even unaware of his gradual loss of vision.
As the World Glaucoma Week is observed internationally from March 10 to 16, doctors are urging people to keep a tab on the condition of their eyes and get periodical check-ups done.
Besides the regular eye check-up for vision, what a person needs to get done is a comprehensive eye examination as well.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases characterized by damage to the optic nerve. A healthy eye produces a fluid, called aqueous humor, at the same rate at which it drains. High pressure occurs when the drainage system is blocked and the fluid cannot exit at a normal rate. Unlike a ball or a balloon, the eye cannot relieve pressure by springing a leak and “deflating” when pressure is too high. The high eye pressure instead keeps building and pushing against the optic nerve which is responsible for vision. The extreme pressure can permanently damage the nerve fibers leading to loss of vision.
Since few glaucoma patients experience its symptoms from the beginning, early detection of the disease is generally difficult. Doctors suggest that the only way to prevent this blinding disease is a regular and through check-up of the eyes.
Since reversing the disease is not possible, the doctors say that one should not wait for these symptoms to crop up to get a check-up done. Small efforts like getting a thorough check-up done every time you change your spectacles can make a big difference in early detection of the disease and save you from its catastrophic effects.
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From time to time, 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore offers Orlando residents free glaucoma screening to encourage healthy vision and eye habits.
Come down to any 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore location with your family and make sure everyone has an eye exam with one of our independent in-house optometrists. Make it a priority to have your eyes examined every year so that you don’t run the risk of losing your sight to Glaucoma.
“The World is a Wonder to See Every Day, So Don’t Let Glaucoma Get in the Way.” If you’re interested in learning more about World Glaucoma Day and want to get involved, like their Facebook Page and visit their website.