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National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Since this month has been designated National Glaucoma Awareness Month, this post is intended to spread the word about the importance of recognizing the indications of glaucoma. Glaucoma is a category of eye disorders that cause damage to the eye's optic nerve, which may cause blindness. If uncontrolled, the disease often initially results in peripheral vision loss and ultimately ends up causing a complete loss of vision. It is considered to be the number one cause of preventable loss of vision and over sixty million individuals around the world are afflicted with the vision threatening condition.

The primary cause of glaucoma is thought to be elevated pressure around the optic nerve. As the pressure increases, this damages the optic nerve which transports signals to the brain. In instances where this system doesn't work properly, vision is affected. Unfortunately, optic nerve damage can't be corrected.

Glaucoma is particularly dangerous because distinct from other forms of vision impairment, it is an asymptomatic condition until vision is already lost.
It is due to this that glaucoma is often called the "sneak thief of sight." This may leave you wondering how can a patient diagnose an illness which lacks any tell-tale symptoms?

Prompt diagnosis of glaucoma is essential for effective care. While everyone may be at risk for glaucoma, certain groups are at higher risk than others. Risk factors for glaucoma may include those over 45 years old, individuals having a family history of glaucoma, individuals with diabetes, or known eye problems such as high intraocular pressure.

The best way to detect glaucoma is to speak to an eye doctor. There are a number of diagnostic eye examinations employed to assess damage to the ocular nerves caused by glaucoma. Particularly if you are over 45 or know that you are at risk, it's important to book a comprehensive eye examination at least once a year.

Unfortunately most types of glaucoma are not preventable. Nevertheless the optic nerve damage and loss of vision may be halted by timely diagnosis and treatment. Don't delay! Contact Thomas Eye Care now, for annual glaucoma screening.