What is glaucoma and who is at risk from this potentially damaging eye disease?
The Globe and Mail tackles the awareness and prevention of glaucoma – a disease that affects approximately 400,000 Canadians and 67 million people worldwide and is one of the leading causes of vision loss in seniors.
Glaucoma usually – but not always – results from a buildup of pressure within the eye, which occurs when the aqueous fluid cannot drain properly. Left untreated, the condition can lead to damage of the optic nerve, which transmits visual information from the retina to the sight centres of the brain.
The key to battling glaucoma is early detection and annual check ups.
Anyone over 60 should have their eyes checked by an optometrist or ophthalmologist once a year, and that examination should include tests for glaucoma. Younger people, especially those of African descent or with a family history of glaucoma, should also be tested at least annually.
Consider booking an appointment with an ophthalmologist to have your eyes tested annually. It could save your vision, or at the very least, give you some peace of mind.
Visit the Globe and Mail to read more about glaucoma and how some suffers discovered warning signs.