March 12-16 is World Glaucoma Week
"To help address this critical situation, The Philippine Glaucoma Society, in partnership with multi-specialty health care company, Allergan, has organized glaucoma awareness activities during World Glaucoma Week. Both the Philippine Glaucoma Society and Allergan believe that blindness from the disease can still be prevented through early diagnosis and treatment."
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is one of the common eye diseases that affect normal vision of many individuals. It is known as the silent thief, and it works and robs people of their sight without any obvious warning signs that people are aware of. These eye diseases damage the optic nerve. The optic nerve acts as the cable wire that carries images from your eye to the brain. When the optic nerve deteriorates, blind spots develop in your visual field, starting with your peripheral (side) vision.
Person with Glaucoma
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Trivia’s about Glaucoma.
1. It can happen to anyone, any race, at any age.
2. In general, Glaucoma is identified at the age of 45
3. People with 20-20 vision are not excluded from having it
4. When the nerves are damage it’s irreversible
5. It’s one of the main reason for blindness
6. If left untreated, glaucoma may lead to blindness in both eyes.
7. Congenital Glaucoma, are lifelong-patients that are born with it. 80% of these patients are diagnosed by 1 year
8. Pigmentary Glaucoma, is when excess pigment builds up in the ducts of the eye. This prevents healthy drainage of old fluid and increases the pressure inside the eye.
9. Glaucoma is hereditary
10. Glaucoma is not curable, only treatable
11. The development of glaucoma can be gradual or abrupt
12. People with Diabetes have a bigger chance of getting glaucoma.
13. Steroids can be a cause of glaucoma.
14. People with High Degree of Myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness) are also candidates.
15. According to statistics, Black/Asian descent have a bigger risk of glaucoma.
16. Glaucoma can come from an eye trauma or surgery history.
What are the common symptoms of Glaucoma?
1. Some patient experiences headaches when reading or entering dark room.
2. They see Halos around lights.
3. Misty Vision
4. Eye aches after vigorous activity.
5. Missing pieces in the visual field such as first letters of words.
6. Increased high intraocular pressure in the eye.
What are the common treatments for Glaucoma?
1. Eye drops or pills
2. Conventional surgery
3. Laser surgery
4. Combination of surgery and medication.
The best prevention for Glaucoma is regular eye exams by an ophthalmologist. Detecting glaucoma at its early stage would give more successful treatments. It’s best to have routine eye checkups. Every two to four years after age forty and every one to two years after age sixty-five.
Christine Jacob, Hosting the World Glaucoma Week Awareness at Shangrilla, Makati.
The Philippine Glaucoma Society
(L-R) Dr. Norman Aquino (Past President of The Philippine Glaucoma Society) | Dra. Hannah Pia De Guzman |Dr. Manolito Reyes (Immediate Past President of The Philippine Glaucoma Society) | Dra. Ma. Zita Meriales | Dr. Mario V. Aquino (Founding President of PGS) | Dr. Rainier Covar | Dra. Imelda Yap-Veloso (Current President of PGS) | Dr. Jose Ma. Martinez (Current Vice-President of PGS) | Dr. Nilo Vincent FlorCruz
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