World Glaucoma Week 2021
7th – 13th March is World Glaucoma Week. Glaucoma affects millions of people around the world, and it is estimated that many more have glaucoma and do not realise it. World Glaucoma Week is used to raise awareness about glaucoma and the importance of having regular eye examinations.
Glaucoma is the name for a group of eye conditions that causes sight loss due to damage to the optic nerve. This cannot be reversed, which is why it is incredibly important to detect and treat glaucoma as early as possible.
Open angle glaucoma is the most common type of glaucoma and is typically associated with older age. This type of glaucoma often develops slowly with no symptoms and occurs when the eyes drainage channels become blocked. Other types of glaucoma include closed angle glaucoma, secondary glaucoma and childhood glaucoma, these have slightly different causes from a sudden increase in eye pressure, to underlying eye conditions to abnormalities from birth.
At present it is estimated that 78 million people around the world are living with glaucoma, and this could rise to 111.8 million by 2040! These statistics show how important it is to keep up to date with regular eye examinations in the intervals recommended by your optometrist. Those who are 40 and over and have direct family members with glaucoma should be seen once a year.
At your eye examination we will assess the health of your eyes using the OCT. This incredible piece of technology will produce a 3D scan of the back of your eyes in incredible detail allowing our optometrists to detect glaucoma and other eye conditions in their earliest stages.
The earlier glaucoma is detected, the earlier treatment can begin. Usually, glaucoma is treated by managing the underlying issues and preventing further damage to the optic nerve. There are two types of treatment for glaucoma the first being eye drops. These are often given to improve fluid drainage from the eye or reduce the amount of fluid being produced by the eye. The second method of treatment is laser treatment which is a common method used to help lower eye pressure.
Detecting glaucoma as early as possible is incredibly important to reduce the risk of sight loss. Due to the pandemic, many regular eye examinations have been missed or delayed. If you have noticed any changes to your vision, or have missed an eye examination please contact your local MKO today to book your appointment.
We have implemented several social distancing measures in lines with the guidance to ensure our practice is a safe and Covid-19 secure environment for your visit. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.