GLAUCOMA IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF IRREVERSIBLE BLINDNESS WORLDWIDE. IT IS KNOWN AS THE "SNEAK THIEF OF SIGHT" BECAUSE IT HAS VERY FEW SYMPTOMS UNTIL THE CONDITION IS WELL ADVANCED
Of the more than 3,000,000 Americans that have glaucoma, only about half know about it Glaucoma can affect people at any age but the incidence does increase dramatically with age - from 1 in 200 in people below 40 - rising to 1 in 25 in people over 40. Anyone with a relative with glaucoma has over twice the likelihood of developing the disease.
Early detection is vital to preserve vision as by the time symptoms are noted, significant sight loss has occurred. That is why it is so important to get regular comprehensive eye checks that include an optic nerve and vision function check. Our optometrists include a full glaucoma assessment with all our comprehensive examinations.
Tests will include measurement of eye pressure, assessment of the optic nerve with new technology digital imaging and optical coherence scans, measurement of the corneal thickness, assessment of the eye drainage system and of your peripheral vision.
Treatment will usually prevent further vision loss and may consist of eye drops and/or laser, and sometimes surgery is required. Most often people with glaucoma do need to continue treatment to keep it under control Eyecare Plus recommends comprehensive eye examinations at least every three years for people under 40, and every two years if over 40 or as recommended by your eye care practitioner.