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World Glaucoma Week  March 11–17, 2018

World Glaucoma Week March 11–17, 2018

Every year activity which tries to attract public awareness to problem of glaucoma.

Ophthalmologists, optometrists, hospitals, universities, clinics, private practices, Glaucoma societies and glaucoma patient associations all participate.

This year the WGW concentrates on First Degree Relatives (FDRs) of glaucoma patients. It is proved that FDRs have a ten-fold increase in life-long glaucoma risk. If they undergo regular glaucoma optic nerve tests, it would be likely to save a great deal of sight.

Glaucoma develops slowly and sometimes without noticeable sight loss for many years. Vision loss caused by this disease is not reversible with treatment, even with surgery. The earlier the diagnosis, more vision there is to save.

Symptoms of the disease

  • Blurred vision
  • Rainbow-colored circles appearing around bright lights
  • Eye and head pains
  • Nausea or vomiting (accompanying severe eye pain)
  • Sudden sight loss

 

Factors causing that you are at higher risk of having glaucoma:

  • Parents or siblings have the disease
  • Diabetic disease
  • Cardiovascular disease

 

The risk of glaucoma also increases with age.

 

Go get your eyes tested at Unicare, especially if you are at increased risk.

 

Save your Sight!

 

 

Source:

www.worldglaucomaweek.org

www.glaucoma.org