World Glaucoma Week

March 12, 2018
World Glaucoma Week

World Glaucoma Week

World Glaucoma Week

This week is World Glaucoma Week. Glaucoma is a grouping of disorders of the eye. Worldwide there have been more than 61 million people affected since 2014. Over 6 million of them have been left blinded in both eyes.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a disease that damages the optic nerve in one or both eyes. The clear fluid in the eye builds up, and puts added pressure on the optic nerve. This, in turn, damages the eye. Blood pressure is also a factor, and that the higher your blood pressure, the increased chance of contracting glaucoma.

Glaucoma can be tested through a series of eye tests. Unfortunately, there is no cure for glaucoma. There are some eyedrops, some medical treatments, laser surgery, and conventional surgery available.

If you think you may have glaucoma, please contact your primary care physician, or an optometrist.

Final Thoughts

Do you feel we have raised awareness for World Glaucoma Week? Do you know anyone who has suffered or currently has a form of glaucoma? Comment below. Also, feel free to check out our article on the continuation of Children’s Hospitals Week.

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