What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness, is responsible for fifteen percent of world blindness. It is a family of ocular diseases characterized by progressive damage to the optic nerve, which is the part of the eye that carries the images we see to the brain.
Often called the "sneak thief of sight" most forms of glaucoma do not produce symptoms until the optic nerve is already severely damaged. But if diagnosed early, the disease can be controlled and permanent vision loss can be prevented.
Key points to remember about Glaucoma
- Glaucoma generally has no signs or symptoms until serious loss of vision has occurred.
- If you have a family history of Glaucoma you are at a higher risk and hence need a regular eye check up. Everyone, from babies to senior citizens, is at a risk of developing this disease.
- The best way to protect the damage is early diagnosis, proper treatment and regular follow ups.
- You and your doctor will need to become partners and work together to control your condition and prevent it from advancing.
It is a chronic condition and needs lifetime monitoring and treatment