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Since this month marks National Glaucoma Awareness Month, in this article we are here to stress the importance of knowing about the indications of glaucoma. Glaucoma is the term for a category of progressive ocular disorders that cause damage to the eye's optic nerve, which can be a precursor to loss of central vision and eventual blindness. If untreated, the disease often initially shows up as peripheral vision loss and ultimately ends up causing total blindness. Glaucoma is the primary reason for avoidable loss of vision and according to estimates, over sixty million people worldwide are afflicted with it.
One of the main causes of glaucoma is considered to be an increase in pressure in the eye. As pressure around the eye increases, this causes damage to the optic nerve which is responsible for delivering signals to the vision centers in the brain. When this pathway is damaged eyesight is impaired. Unfortunately, optic nerve damage can't be fixed.
The most dangerous fact about glaucoma is that unlike other forms of vision loss, it is an asymptomatic condition until vision is already lost.
It is for this reason that glaucoma has obtained the nickname the "sneak thief of sight." This may leave you wondering: how do you protect yourself against a disease which has no obvious symptoms?
Prompt detection of glaucoma is essential for successful treatment. Although glaucoma risk is universal, certain populations are at higher risk than others. Risk factors for glaucoma may include adults over 45, those having family members who have had glaucoma, individuals with diabetes, or other eye conditions such as myopia, hyperopia, eye injuries or elevated intraocular pressure.
You can learn more about glaucoma if you find a qualified optometrist. There are a series of diagnostic eye evaluations employed to measure intraocular pressure and the risk of glaucoma. Particularly if you are over 45 or have one of the other risk factors named above, make sure to book a routine eye examination on an annual basis.
Unfortunately most forms of glaucoma cannot be prevented. Nevertheless the optic nerve damage and loss of vision may be slowed by timely diagnosis and proper treatment. Don't delay! Contact Duvall Advanced Family EyeCare now, for your annual screening for glaucoma.