Glaucoma and how to (try!) prevent it!

A very common eye condition that can affect people of all ages, Glaucoma is mostly apparent in people in the latter part of life (65+).

Glaucoma is where the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain, becomes damaged, predominantly by the build-up in fluid at the front part of the eye which increases pressure, resulting in loss of vision if not treated in time.

Unfortunately, it is a condition that slowly develops over many years affecting your peripheral vision (If you suspect you are losing your peripheral vision, contact or visit your eye doctor immediately).  Many people are unaware of issues occurring in their eye and only tend to pick it up when starting to get intense eye pain, unexplained headaches, blurred vision, red eye, seeing rings around lights and nausea.

This sort of condition really does make you appreciate Optometrists and their profession.  Vision is most people’s most important senses, so why do people take eye tests for granted?  You should be going in every 2 years to ensure that you aren’t a victim to these conditions!

Treatment – Now this is the scary part! The eye specialists cannot reverse the loss of vision that has already been incurred. But can prevent you from any further sight loss dependant on how serious your condition is! So, the moral of the story is, make sure you get your eyes tested regularly and don’t take your sight for granted!

For more information on the subject, please see links below:

https://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/peripheral-vision.htm

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/glaucoma/

 

 

Matthew Hunt

 

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