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Early Detection Critical to Treating Glaucoma 1/7/2019

Glaucoma is a major cause of vision loss worldwide. It affects more than 3 million people in the United States—nearly half of whom are unaware they have the disease and around 60 million worldwide.

During Glaucoma Awareness Month in January, CODET Vision Institute joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in reminding the public that early detection and treatment can help protect your sight.

Glaucoma damages the optic nerve, which transmits visual information from the retina to the brain. Typically, the disease initially has no signs or symptoms. If left untreated, glaucoma can cause irreversible blindness.

CODET and The Academy recommend that everyone have a comprehensive eye exam at age 40. This exam provides ophthalmologists an opportunity to carefully examine the eye including the optic nerve for signs of damage and other possible problems that may affect vision. Individuals at greater risk for developing glaucoma include people:
• over age 40;
• of African, Asian or Hispanic heritage;
• who have high eye pressure detected during an eye exam;
• who are farsighted or nearsighted;
• who have experienced eye trauma or eye injury;
• whose corneas are thin in the center;
• or who have health problems such as diabetes, migraines, high blood pressure or poor blood circulation.

Appropriate treatment for glaucoma depends on the specific type and severity of the disease. Medicated eye drops or laser treatments are the most common initial approach. These techniques work by lowering eye pressure to reduce the amount of fluid in the eye, and by increasing fluid outflow from the eye.

Glaucoma is typically symptomless to patients; however, permanent, irreversible vision loss can already be taking place. Early detection is paramount to avoiding blindness and managing this disease.

Annual checkups are the best way for patients to detect any problems or conditions they might have, including glaucoma, and here at CODET Vision Institute we want to encourage everyone to take all preventive measures possible. Your eye health is important and visiting your ophthalmologist regularly is the best way to detect glaucoma early and treat it so you can live a healthy long life free of any kind of eye conditions.

Source:
American Academy of Ophthalmology

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