Glaucoma is incurable and lost vision cannot be restored . Early diagnosis is the only key to save and preserve your eyesight.
I was diagnosed with Glaucoma six years ago ; after I had lost almost all my vision in one eye and the other fast following suit. If I had gone for a preventive check up even a year before that I could have saved most of the vision I have lost .
This is because loss of sight in Glaucoma usually happens very slowly, over time and until the later stages of the disease may not affect vision at all.
All the more reason to raise awareness of what is rightly called The Silent Thief of Sight - the second most common cause of blindness in the world after cataract and the leading cause of irreversible sight loss.
Coming under the High Risk scanner are senior citizens and the 40+ age group .
I was 59 when I was diagnosed . I have had three surgeries and both my eyes are affected . My mother was 60 when she was diagnosed. Yes, Glaucoma is hereditary but its onset can also be because of existing conditions like diabetes or just advancing age.
It is vital that Preventive and Early Detection measures should be part of one's mandatory health check up .
It's World Glaucoma Week ( 12th to 19th March 2017) and a good time as any to get a full eye examination done by a qualified opthalmologist if you are over the age of 40. Make sure the eyes are dilated and then examined. Glaucoma is called the silent thief because it has no symptoms in the early stages and can have affected much of your optic nerve permanently before you notice any visual problems. Please also try and influence others to get a proper eye examination especially those who have little education and little awareness like your driver or domestic help and workers under your care. In India there is no compulsory eye tresting for driving licenses and this can be a safety hazard.