1-855-589-1910 | Blog | Store | contact

Coping With Glaucoma

Coping With Glaucoma

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, and there’s plenty of time left to get informed. More than three million people are diagnosed with this condition, and this number is expected to grow. Though there are some risk factors outside of your control, there are several precautions you can take to preserve your eye health.

Glaucoma is related to various conditions that affect the amount of pressure placed on your eyes. Hence, some surgeries and medicines can be recommended that will relieve this extra weight. Of course, certain factors (like ethnicity, age, and family history) can affect the likelihood or severity of this disease.

Glaucoma Awareness

Glaucoma awareness is particularly important because the disease is preventable, but once vision loss sets in, it’s permanent. In fact, it’s the leading cause of preventable blindness. Symptoms are often difficult to notice at first, but glaucoma typically starts on the edge of a person’s field of vision, so significant vision loss can occur before a treatment is pursued. Early detection, treatment, and a healthy lifestyle may help slow the effects. There are different types of glaucoma:
  • Normal tension glaucoma. This primarily affects adults. The title “normal” refers to the amount of pressure on the eye at the time of diagnosis. A patient suffering from normal tension glaucoma experiences vision loss despite normal eye pressure.
  • Closed-angle. This occurs when the iris encroaches on (or even blocks) the eye’s drainage angle.This condition is more common in people of Asian descent.
  • Congenital. This is a hereditary condition often diagnosed by cloudy eyes or light sensitivity in children. This can lead to total blindness if not treated. Surgery is commonly recommended to inhibit vision loss.

You can raise glaucoma awareness by talking to your friends and family about the condition, and if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with glaucoma, there are resources online, online communities and local support groups available.

Health Precautions

If you’re predisposed to glaucoma, let your ophthalmologist know. Schedule regular eye exams for the best outcome, and know the risks you can and can’t control:

  • Age. Glaucoma can form at any time, but it’s especially prevalent in individuals over 60.
  • Ethnicity. Glaucoma is generally more common in African American and Latino communities. The Asian population is specifically more at risk for closed-angle glaucoma.
  • Health. Any health or hereditary conditions that affect eye pressure can equate to greater glaucoma risk. Blood pressure (either too high or too low) and high intraocular pressure can also exacerbate this disease. Conditions like diabetes and myopia as well as past eye injuries can lead to vision loss.
  • Family. Congenital glaucoma can be inherited, though it isn’t a guaranteed problem.

 

Overall Rating (0)

0 out of 5 stars

Post comment as a guest

Attachments

Location

Rate this article :
0
  • No comments found

Our Latest Products

Ezer EPD-2600 Pupillometer

Ezer EPD-2600 Pupillometer

A reliable pupillometer is a requirement for modern-day optical dispensing ..

Ezer EPD-1800 Pupillometer

Ezer EPD-1800 Pupillometer

The ability to consistently take PD measurements is a requirement for moder..

Haag Streit BQ-900 Slit Lamp

Haag Streit BQ-900 Slit Lamp

Thanks to its sophisticated design and excellent optics, the BQ has become ..

Haag Streit BM-900 Slit Lamp

Haag Streit BM-900 Slit Lamp

Convergent optics for brilliant views Two magnifications - 10 and 16x Sho..

Topcon VT-10 Phoropter

Topcon VT-10 Phoropter

The Topcon VT-10 phoropter is equipped with a cross cylinder that automatic..

Reichert Phoropter

Reichert Phoropter

Lens position and power verified by an auto-indexing, PC-based lensmeter P..

B&L Model 70 Lensometer

B&L Model 70 Lensometer

Measures sphere, cylinder and prism power. Located axis and prism base. Mar..

Marco 101 Lensometer

Marco 101 Lensometer

• New LED Background Illuminator provides efficient, consistent, illuminati..

About OptiTech USA

We have been serving happy clients since 2008. You won't find a better name in the business.

Keep in Touch

  jpaoli (@) optitechusa.com
  1-855-589-1910
  Mailing: 32126 Garden Alcove Loop
Wesley Chapel, FL 33545
Shipping: 24442 SR 54
Lutz FL, 33559


Latest News

18
Oct2015

Why Regular Checkups Are Important

You may have heard that prevention is the best medicine, and for many things, that's true. Regularly...

02
Nov2015

Vision Loss in Women

Women often put their own healthcare and well-being on the back burner. Often, eye care is one...

17
Nov2015

5 Common Eye Myths Debunked

How many of us have been told that if we cross our eyes too long, they are...

02
Dec2015

Why You Should Wear Eye...

  Deer season opening day is here, and gun season is in full swing. You’ve remembered to wear...

21
Dec2015

Your Guide To Winter Eye...

Winter may be slow to start this season, but soon we’ll be welcoming our first real snowfall...

06
Jan2016

Are You at Risk for...

Your eyes are one of your most important assets; once you lose your vision, you can’t get...

08
Jan2016

Coping With Glaucoma

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, and there’s plenty of time left to get informed. More than three million...

12
Feb2016

February Is Low Vision Awareness...

You may have 20/20 vision and wonder what low vision is – or maybe you’re squinting at...

24
Feb2016

Am I a Good Candidate...

“Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis” (LASIK) is a routine surgery to correct near- and farsightedness as well as...

«
»

We Finance