Glaucoma is a serious eye condition that, if left untreated, can eventually lead to blindness. It’s more often diagnosed in later life, but can actually occur at any time.
The condition occurs when the eye’s optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain, becomes damaged. It’s usually caused by a build-up of fluid in the front of the eye which increases the pressure inside the eye.
Anyone can develop glaucoma however some factors can increase your risk including:
- Your age, Glaucoma is more common as you get older. It occurs in two per cent of people over the age of 40, increasing to almost 10 per cent of people over the age of 75
- Your race, if you’re from an African Caribbean ethnic background, then you may be at a higher risk of developing glaucoma
- Have experienced trauma to the eye
- Have used steroids for a long period of time
- Suffer from poor vision
- Suffer from diabetes
- Have a family history of glaucoma
Often, there are no symptoms until the disease has advanced, so it’s important to remain vigilant if you experience any changes to your eyes. It’s also really crucial that you attend a thorough eye examination at least every two years – even if your vision is good – as an Optometrist can help detect the disease.
If you start to suffer from any of the following symptoms, contact your optometrist as soon as possible:
- Seeing halos around lights
- Vision loss
- Redness in the eye
- Eyes that look hazy (especially in infants)
- Nausea or vomiting
- Eye pain
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