Glaucoma is a serious condition that can lead to loss of vision. Fortunately nowadays it is a condition that is easily diagnosed and managed.
Glaucoma is a build up of pressure within the eye. It happens as a result of a blocked drainage system that replenishes the Aqueous Humor at the front of the eye.
You are most at risk if you:
- have a direct relative with the condition
- are over the age of 40.
- of African, Caribbean or Asian origin
- are short sighted
Glaucoma does not show many signs and symptoms right away as it is a condition that develops slowly over time. Some symptoms may include blurred edges to your vision, eye pain, redness, headaches and in some serious cases, nausea and vomiting.
If glaucoma is detected by the optometrists you will need to be referred to the hospital for treatment. Although glaucoma cannot be cured, early detection can delay the rate of progression.
A regular eye examination will keep track of the pressure within you eyes.