Glaucoma is an eye disease caused by an increase in internal eye pressure on the optic nerve. Typically it affects us when we get into our 60s, but it can happen before this. Common symptoms include loss of peripheral vision. Glaucoma can lead to permanent damage to our eyesight if we do not receive treatment at an early stage. This is why a regular eye examination is so important more so if there is a family history of the condition.
Glaucoma Week March 9th -15th
As populations around the world live longer, Glaucoma is on the rise. To help awareness of the condition and to educate people that treatments are available, two organisations joined forces to help bring knowledge of the eye disease to the masses. They were the World Glaucoma Association (WGA) and the World Glaucoma Patient Association (WGPA). To raise awareness the two organisations launched ‘BIG – Beat Invisible Glaucoma’ campaign. According to Geoff Pollard of GLAUCOMA AUSTRALIA too many people are unaware of the disease and that treatment for the disease was available. He said:”Low glaucoma detection rates and an increase in glaucoma prevalence as populations age mean BIG solutions are needed to educate communities about glaucoma awareness and the need for regular optic nerve checks to reduce global blindness that’s why I support the “BIG – Beat Invisible Glaucoma” campaign for World Glaucoma Week 2014.” The main driver of BIG was the B-I-G Global Breakfasts. Countries from around the world hosted fundraising breakfasts near famous landmarks to raise awareness of the eye disease.
Eye Drops Often, Glaucoma can be simply treated with medicated eye drops. These drops help to relieve the pressure on your optic nerve and subsequently your peripheral vision is unaffected. As you can imagine there is a lot of inconvenience from applying eye drops on a regular basis. It is worth doing however, to preserve the integrity of your optic nerve.
Laser Eye Surgery for Glaucoma
There is a form of laser eye surgery specifically designed to treat Glaucoma. This eye surgery procedure helps lower pressure by improving the flow of fluid inside the eye.
Can I Have Corrective Vision Laser Eye Surgery if I Have Glaucoma?
The simple answer to this question is that it depends on the type of Glaucoma you have, and how severely you suffer with it. Prior to any treatment procedure, we put you through a rigorous suitability examination. This will tell us if you can undergo laser eye surgery to correct your vision. If you are wondering about whether you are suitable for corrective vision surgery or have any further questions please, call us. We are always happy to help.