Hello everyone! Have you heard of Glaucoma? 

Do you know it is called the silent thief of sight? Oh yes! 

That’s because of its slow onset and progression, causing permanent vision loss with very few or no early warning signs. 

Here are some FACTS on Glaucoma:

It is the second cause of blindness and the most common cause of irreversible blindness worldwide.

60 million people are affected by Glaucoma worldwide. 

1 in 40 adults older than 40 years has Glaucoma with vision loss. 

As many as 60% of Glaucoma cases run in families. 

50% of Glaucoma cases are undiagnosed

I’ll advice that you read again the facts slowly.

Is there any history of blindness in the family or among relatives? It doesn’t matter if such blindness was attributed to natural or spiritual cause. 

It doesn’t even matter if there is a history or not, remember the 40% cases that don’t run in families. 

Have your eyes examined ASAP, vision lost to Glaucoma is IRREVERSIBLE

GLAUCOMA is a group of diseases that gradually damage the optic nerve in the eye and may result in vision loss and blindness. 

CAUSES OF GLAUCOMA

It is frequently caused by build up of pressure inside the eye, called intra ocular pressure (IOP). Normally eye fluid circulates through the front chamber of the eye to nourish and protect eye structures. This fluid then flow out through a drainage canal situated in the angle of the front part of the eye. 

If the drainage canal becomes blocked, pressure builds up inside the eye and damages the optic nerve, which is responsible for transmitting images to the brain. 

Because the optic nerve cannot regenerate, damage results in permanent vision loss. 

*Heaves… I hope you grasped if not entirely but enough.

TREATMENT 

Although it cannot be cured, treatment often stops its progression. 

Lowering eye pressure is the only way to achieve that and preserve vision. 

Treatment include medical therapy, surgery and laser therapy.

Look out for more information on this ‘silent thief of sight’ on this blog. Do not forget to do the needful including a sight saving gossip. *Winks*

Have a fantastic week! 

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