Once diagnosed as a glaucoma patient, you require constant and lifelong care. If detected early, it can be controlled immediately and there by prevent any vision loss. Although glaucoma can be controlled, any damage that has already occurred cannot be reversed.
Glaucoma can be successfully controlled with eye drops, Pills or surgical operations. This prevents further damage and thus preserves vision. Often, people tend to think that once their IOP has been brought down to safe levels they have been cured of glaucoma. Even when medication has successfully controlled glaucoma it is important to constantly monitor the condition by checking IOP levels regularly & use medications regularly. Periodic eye examinations are vital in controlling glaucoma. Glaucoma can worsen without your being aware of it and your treatment may need to be changed over time.
We hope the following information is helpful to you.
Few Facts about Glaucoma
- Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness. Estimates put the total number of suspected cases of glaucoma at around million.
- Glaucoma can cause blindness if it is left untreated. And unfortunately approximately 10% of people with glaucoma who receive proper treatment still experience loss of vision.
- There is no permanent cure (yet) for glaucoma.
- Glaucoma is not curable, and vision lost cannot be regained. With medication and/or surgery, it is possible to halt further loss of vision. Since glaucoma is a chronic condition, it must be monitored for life.
- Glaucoma can be very destructive to your vision in fact, it’s the leading cause of blindness
- Diagnosis is the first step to preserving your vision.
- Everyone is at risk for glaucoma from babies to senior citizens. Yes, older people are at a higher risk for glaucoma but babies can be born with glaucoma (approximately 1 out of every 10,000 babies born in the world). Young adults can get glaucoma, too.
- Estimates put the total number of suspected cases of glaucoma at around 65 million worldwide.
Symptoms of Glaucoma
With open angle glaucoma, the most common form, there are virtually no symptoms. Usually, no pain is associated with increased eye pressure.
Vision loss begins with peripheral or side vision. You may compensate for this unconsciously by turning your head to the side, and may not notice anything until significant vision is lost. The best way to protect your sight from glaucoma is to get tested. If you have glaucoma, treatment can begin immediately.