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Glaucoma: How to Prevent Blindness?

Glaucoma is a nominal description of several disorders that occur in the eye(s).  Typically glaucoma is the result of pressure that is built-up on the nerves of the eye(s).  Persons with glaucoma that are left undiagnosed and untreated run a high risk of experiencing blindness.  Moreover, the damage caused by glaucoma is usually irreversible but, can be managed with treatment if caught in time.  The best preventive methods can be discussed during annual eye screenings performed by your ophthalmologist/ optometrist:  If you are currently without either please reference http://www.preventblindness.org to locate an eye center near you.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Believe it or not, no pain at all can be associated with glaucoma.
  • Visual disturbances, visualizing halos as a circumference around lighting
  • Sudden ocular pain
  • Redness of eye(s)
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Very high intraocular pressure in eye(s)
  • Decreased vision, blindness

Treatment:

  • Medications
  • Laser surgery
  • and, or glaucoma surgery (a series of implant options among others)

It is best to catch glaucoma in its early stages to prevent blindness.  Early detection of glaucoma is increased with annual visits to a local eye doctor.  To insure that you and, or persons in your care are preventing blindness do not be afraid to engage your eye doctor and ask questions such as:

  • Can I do anything to lower my chances of acquiring glaucoma?
  • How often do I need to return for visits to prevent glaucoma?
  • Do I have any increased eye pressure since my last visit? / Do I currently have any excessive eye pressure?

 

For further reading and references please visit http://www.preventblindness.org

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