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Protect Yourself From ‘The Silent Thief of Sight’

Glaucoma, also known as 'the silent thief of sight’, is the second most common cause of blindness in the world. This is a condition that is asymptomatic until it reaches its advanced stage. It affects the optic nerve (nerve connecting the eye to the brain).

Glaucoma is a chronic eye disease, which can be controlled to preserve vision, but usually NOT curable. About

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90 percent of the people suffering from this disease in India, are unaware of their problem.

Causes for developing glaucoma are:

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Aging; 40 years and above.

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Family history of glaucoma; those using high minus power glasses.

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Long term use of steroids; Diabetes, hypertension.

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Any previous injury to the eye.

Symptoms:

The loss of side vision or peripheral vision (visual field) is gradual and usually not noticed initially; it manifests in its advanced stage with:

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Vision problem only when there has been extensive loss of visual field

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Difficulty in seeing objects on the side

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Frequent changes in spectacle power

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Sometimes, colored halos may be seen around lights.

Treatment:

It is treated with medications, laser therapy or surgery. Some patients may require a combination of treatment; e.g. eye drops and laser treatment. Trabeculectomy is the standard surgery for Glaucoma.

Prevention:

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Comprehensive annual eye-checkup for 40 plus, age group

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Regular check-ups enable early diagnosis and timely treatment preventing vision loss.

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Those at higher risk (aging, family history, diabetes etc) must be very careful and get periodic checkups.

Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.

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