Glaucoma – “The Thief of Sight”
Glaucoma is usually caused by a build up of the pressure within the eye which causes damage to the optic nerve at the back of the eye resulting in some loss of vision or blindness if left untreated. The damage caused by the increase in pressure is permanent, however if detected early, further damage can be minimised. The damage caused is a loss of peripheral vision(side vision) and if untreated can cause complete visual loss. 40% of the optic nerve can be damaged before you notice any loss of vision.
It is the second biggest cause of blindness.
Glaucoma is a serious condition, early detection is essential.
There are no symptoms in glaucoma. It is a painless gradual loss of vision. Some people may see haloes around lights especially at night. Once diagnosed glaucoma is a lifelong condition, there is no cure, however treatment is available to lessen the deterioration of sight, usually in the form of special eye drops to lower the pressure in the eye. Early detection and treatment will help to reduce the progression of the disease.