Glaucoma- The facts you should not ignore
Glaucoma has turned into a feared menace of sorts looming over the lives of some who have reached an advanced age. Like a thief, it sneaks up on your precious asset – your eyesight, and disappears into the dark. Glaucoma comes so gradually that a lot of patients don't even know they have the disease until they have lost a good part of their vision. The brain has been identified as the first place where glaucoma blindness begins. A leading cause of preventable blindness today, glaucoma slowly steals your outer vision by damaging the optic nerve. With no symptoms to show, it is painless and nearly undetectable early on.
If you have just been diagnosed with glaucoma or have a loved one who is so; be prepared for some taxing times ahead. But there are ways to aid your daily routine to make the disease less stressful to manage.
- It can strike at any age. From babies to the elderly, anyone can develop glaucoma; though one’s increasing age is a high-risk factor.
- Unusual blurring of vision can sometimes be a sign of glaucoma. Do not ignore it.
- Glaucoma is not repairable but is manageable. The damage caused is permanent but however, the loss of vision may be slowed down with treatment.
- A comprehensive eye exam helps doctors detect your condition sooner; significantly slow downing vision loss - bringing you one step closer to protecting your vision.
- Consuming Omega 3 fatty acids as a part of your diet can help to decrease the chances of increased eye pressure.
Reports in the press say that researchers are working on developing a new technology that can detect dying nerve cells in the patient’s eye. A type of fluorescent compound will be used to make the back of the eye 'glow', should glaucoma be present. The hope lies in the claim that this particular test could be able to detect glaucoma at least 10 years before the actual symptoms surface.
Remember to keep yourself informed and beware of this silent, stealthy attacker! S10Health can help you reach the right doctors to check if you may suffer from glaucoma. Get in touch today!