What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an eye disease that slowly steals your sight without warning, At the beginning of the disease, there may be no symtoms. Half of the people with glaucoma may not know they have it.

Loss of eye sight is caused by damage to the nerve in your eye because of pressure in your eye.This nerve acts like an electric cable with over a million wires. It is responsible for carrying pictures from the eye to the brain.

Glaucoma There is a cure for glaucoma but medication can slow down the loss of sight. That is why it is important to talk to your doctor, optometrist or clinic nurse to be tested.

What causes Glaucoma?

You can get Glaucoma if you:

  • Have a family member with the disease, like your mother, grandmother or sister
  • Are over the age of 40
  • Have worn glasses from a young age
  • Have pressure in your eye
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have cholesterol
  • Are overweight
  • Have high sugar
  • Have blindness in your family

If you are under 40 years old, you should have your eyes tested for Glaucoma every 3 -5 years
If you are over 40 years old, you should have your eyes tested for Glaucoma every 2 years

Glaucoma is usually treated with eye drops that need to be used daily under the supervision of your Ophthalmologist.