World Glaucoma Week 2018

  • Glaucoma is an eye disease that is often associated with elevated intraocular pressure, in which damage to the optic nerve in the eye can lead to loss of vision and even blindness.
  • Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world.
  • Glaucoma usually causes no symptoms early in its course, at which time it can only be diagnosed by regular eye examinations. That is why Glaucoma is often called 'the silent thief of sight'.

Glaucoma Risk Factors

  • Age over 40 years
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • Black racial ancestry
  • Diabetes
  • History of elevated intraocular pressure
  • Decrease in corneal thickness and rigidity
  • Nearsightedness (high degree of myopia), which is the inability to see distant objects clearly
  • History of injury to the eye

If you, or any of your family members, are in any of these risk categories then you should visit your local optician for an eye test. Don't put it off. Do it today!

Only through research can we develop better treatments for glaucoma. Please make a donation to our Glaucoma Research appeal and help us bring forward the day when we can reverse the effects of this debilitating eye disease.


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