Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve and can result in vision loss and blindness. The leading cause of blindness in people over 60 years of age damage caused by glaucoma is permanent and cannot be reversed. The good news is if caught early glaucoma can be treated and controlled.
The silent thief of sight, most people don’t notice they’ve lost vision to the condition until it’s too late which is why prevention is so important. In recognition of World Glaucoma Awareness Week March 12-18, 2017, I will share information each day on this topic.
Being diagnosed with primary open-angle glaucoma a few years back I had no symptoms but I’m very fortunate because of my other eye issues my retina specialist and ophthalmologist monitored my situation very closely. Initially I was diagnosed with ocular hypertension which meant my intraocular pressure (IOP) was high. While most eye care professionals define the range of normal IOP as between 10 and 21 mmHg, which is a pressure measurement, my range was running around 30 to 40 mm.
I’m a little fuzzy on when my condition went from ocular hypertension to glaucoma but I wasn’t surprised by the diagnosis since my grandmother also had the disease. Even though it took quite a bit of time to get to the diagnosis it wasn’t the end of treatment because in addition to seeing my ophthalmologist every four months, to maintain my remaining eyesight I have to take Latanoprost (eye drop prescription) everyday for the rest of my life.