What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases or disorders that damage the nerves at the back of the eyes, specifically the optic nerves. Glaucoma is as a result of increased pressure on the eye, although it may also affect eyes with normal pressure.
The pressure on the eye may be caused by chronic eye inflammation and thin corneas (the clear protective outer layer that protects eyes against dirt & germs). It can also be as a result of physical injury or trauma, such as being hit in the eye.
Glaucoma develops slowly and leads to blindness. But through regular eye tests and if found and treated early, blindness can be prevented.
How common is Glaucoma?
It is estimated that about 200,000 South Africans have Glaucoma, and worldwide about 66 million people have the condition. (South African Glaucoma Society – SAGS).
- Severe eye pain
- Redness in your eye
- Sudden vision disturbances
- Seeing coloured rings around lights
- Sudden blurred vision
People at Risk
People over 60 years are at increased risk of glaucoma, although others get it in their 40’s.
SAMWUMED Optometry Benefits
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Sources: – www.healthline.com & www.sags.co.za