Glaucoma is a disease that affects the optic nerve, preventing the flow of information from the eye to the brain resulting in permanent vision loss. It primarily affects people over the age of 40. People with Glaucoma may be unaware of any problems until vision loss has become severe, which is why regular eye examinations and Glaucoma testing before the age of 40 are essential.
Early detection and treatment are essential in saving a patient’s vision. While there is no cure for Glaucoma, treatments are available to slow down any further damage. Depending on how far the glaucoma has progressed, a range of treatments are available including:
- Eye drops (most common form of treatment)
- Laser treatment (often used in conjunction with eye drops)
- Surgery to create a new channel in the eye allowing proper drainage of fluid.
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