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World Glaucoma Week 2017 #2 – March 13

Glaucoma – What You Need To Know

Tunnel vision view of two little boys are depicted as what a person would see with glaucoma.
Tunnel Vision – Courtesy: National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health (NEI/NIH).
  • Anyone can develop glaucoma
  • Vision loss to glaucoma is irreversible
  • Most people don’t know they have glaucoma until they notice vision loss
  • Many times there are no symptoms
  • Glaucoma can only be detected through a comprehensive dilated eye exam

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“Glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness worldwide. It is estimated that 4.5 million persons globally are blind due to glaucoma1 and that this number will rise to 11.2 million by 20202. It is noteworthy that due to the silent progression of the disease – at least in its early stages – up to 50% of affected persons in the developed countries are not even aware of having glaucoma3. This number may rise to 90% in underdeveloped parts of the world.” ~World Glaucoma Association

 

11 thoughts on “World Glaucoma Week 2017 #2 – March 13

  1. Is getting an eye exam every 2 – 3 years enough to find it early, or should we get them more often. I assume when I get my through exam, that it would be detected. Right?

    1. I would suggest talking with your eye doctor because most of this is dependent upon whether or not you’re in a high risk group. I used to think that if you had high eye pressure that automatically meant you’d get glaucoma at some point but that’s not necessarily true. A person can have high eye pressure and not have the disease yet there are people who have normal pressure and they have glaucoma. It is recommended that for people over 60 to get a comprehensive eye exam once a year. I’m trying to put together some numbers for tomorrow’s post.

      1. Thanks. When I do go to the eye doctor, he always does the pressure test, but also dilates my pupils and does a very through exam. So, I am assuming he would find it. But, you know what assuming does….. My next exam is in August. I’ll try to remember to bring it up.

      2. If your doctor has been following you for a few years I would think you’re probably fine especially if he’s doing a thorough exam. In my situation I had ocular hypertension for some time before I was given the diagnosis of glaucoma but being that I had several risk factors and was being carefully monitored for my other sight related issues this helped the doctors catch it in the early stages. The eye drops I use every night keep my pressure relatively normal.

      3. I actually had one eye doctor tell me that my pressure was high and would do a field of vision test every time I went to see him. I finally asked him what the pressure was, and he vaguely said something like, ” Oh, it isn’t too bad.” Since he wouldn’t tell me, I changed doctors. The first time I saw him, I told him about the other one and he told me that my pressure was fine. I’ve decided that the other one “diagnosed” that and gave me the exam because my insurance would pay for it. I should have reported him, but I didn’t. BTW, I knew I wasn’t spelling thorough correctly, but couldn’t figure it out. Sorry. LOL

      4. Hahaha thorough typically throws me off too so don’t feel bad. Yeah, some of these doctors kill me. I think you did the right thing by leaving the first one because he should have just told you. I requested all of my medical records from my retina specialist because my file was out of control and I wanted to have a copy even though I can’t understand most of it. On checking it this evening I just noticed the pictures weren’t included so I’m going to request those as well.

      5. I’m glad I changed. Mom and dad still go to my old one. I have tried to get them to change, but they don’t like change…esp. when it comes to their healthcare.

      6. Change can be difficult for everyone especially if when we become set in our ways. Try though I might there are times I find myself slipping into this pattern but I think when we’re talking about issues like healthcare it’s far more important to get educated, ask questions of the doctor and if, like in your case, where you don’t agree a change is necessary. Today more than ever we need to be our own health advocates after all doctors are only human.

      7. Very true, to all of the above.

  2. From what I gather, glaucoma can’t be treated? I want to believe that one day it will be reversible.
    https://youtu.be/IYkA1RML6p4

    1. Yes, it can be treated Jackie with medication or surgery. It’s just critical to catch it early to prevent damage to the optic nerve. This is one eye disease where blindness is preventable so long as it’s caught early.

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