GET YOUR EYES TESTED WITHIN 30 SECONDS!
GREEN = GO GET YOUR EYES TESTED FOR GLAUCOMA. SAVE YOUR SIGHT!
Go Now and get your eyes checked - MakCHS Dean's Gardens, Today 11th March 2020, this goes on till 5:00 pm
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve causing loss of vision and reduced peripheral (side) vision. Glaucoma is the world’s second leading cause of blindness after cataracts. Glaucoma will lead to irreversible blindness if left untreated.
What causes Glaucoma?
Poor flow and drainage of the fluid inside the eye called aqueous humor result in raised pressure inside the eye. The raised pressure then gradually damages the optic nerve which carries visual information from the eye to the brain.
Who is at risk?
Everyone is at risk even babies can be born with glaucoma. However, one is at greater risk if they have the following:
· Age 40 years and above
· African race
· Diabetes (blood sugar disease)
· Hypertension (high blood pressure)
· On steroid medication (prednisolone or dexamethasone)
· Having a history of glaucoma in the family.
What are the symptoms?
· At first there no symptoms.
· Side vision gradually declines without any pain. Front objects are seen clearly but those in the sides are missed.
· Seeing rainbow colors (haloes) around bright lights.
· Cloudy vision, eye pain, and headaches if the pressure is very high.
Is Glaucoma treatable?
· Once detected early and treated, glaucoma can be controlled.
· Once nerve damage has occurred, this can not be reversed. However, treatment will prevent further damage.
· Treatment can be either by medicine (eye drops and tablets) or by surgery or laser to allow easy flow of fluids.