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Glaucoma: Once vision is lost to the condition it cannot be restored What are the symptoms? POAG can often only be detected during a routine eye test as there are no noticeable symptoms until a considerable amount of vision has been lost.
Once vision is lost to glaucoma it cannot be restored. Some forms of glaucoma can be caused by the drainage angle within the eye becoming closed. The acute form of closed angle glaucoma is an ophthalmic emergency. The pressure in the eye increases rapidly causing pain, redness and sudden loss of vision. A family member suffered from glaucoma — am I at risk? Glaucoma is a hereditary disease, therefore if a family member suffers from glaucoma it can make you more susceptible to developing the condition.
If you are over 40 years of age and have a first-degree relative mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter with glaucoma, you are entitled to a free annual NHS eye test. According to the World Health Organisation, glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world.
Dr Chris Hemmerdinger How do you reduce the risk of glaucoma? The risk of developing glaucoma increases as you get older, with the most common type of glaucoma affecting 1 in 50 people aged over 40 and on average 10 percent of people over the age of Early detection is the best way to prevent vision loss from glaucoma.
Regular sight tests with an optician can detect early changes in glaucoma such as raised intra ocular pressure IOP - as IOP builds, pressure pushes on the optic nerve directly or reduces its blood supply over time distorting the information passed from the eye to the brain leading to vision loss.
The earlier glaucoma is diagnosed the better, as treatment in the early stages can help stop your vision becoming severely affected. An optometrist can help with a series of quick and painless tests to diagnose and monitor glaucoma. GETTY Glaucoma risk: The risk of developing the disease increase as you get older If signs of glaucoma are picked up you will be referred to an ophthalmologist who will conduct further tests to establish the type of glaucoma, the extent of damage to the eyes and the most appropriate treatment.
What is the treatment? Glaucoma is treated by lowering eye pressure, which is most commonly achieved using eye drops. However, laser treatment or surgery may be appropriate. Should you require treatment your ophthalmologist will discuss all suitable options with you. A number of our hospitals offer bespoke glaucoma monitoring services including North London, Manchester and Hampshire. Our service identifies and captures any potential risks or developments.
It is suitable for anyone who has, or is at risk of developing glaucoma, and is concerned about its potential progression.
GETTY Glaucoma: Eye drops can reduce eye pressure Medical conditions caused by high blood pressure Wed, September 7, There are several life threatening medical conditions and diseases caused by high blood pressure. Often they do not have any symptoms so it is a good idea to regularly check your blood pressure and keep it under control.
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