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Glaucoma Part 2 (Ms Catia Sicari) Reskeon Newsletter, Australia - Sept 2003 (Teacher: Michael)

The symptoms of Glaucoma

While there are many types of glaucoma, the most common type, chronic/primary open-angle glaucoma is often referred to as the 'Sneak thief of sight'. It develops slowly over many years without any obvious symptoms or signs until the side vision starts to disappear. A damage that is IRREVERSIBLE. The person who has glaucoma will generally completely unaware of what is happening because the effect of this gradual reduction in the vision is impossible to self-detect and possibly one eye is affected in the first instance. If this is the case, the good eye will cover up for the affected eye until a majority of nerve fibres have damaged, and a large part of vision has destroyed.

Glaucoma cannot cured or prevented but it can effectively managed and controlled. The golden rule to minimise sight disability from glaucoma is early detection and proper treatment. Treatment cannot recover what has , but it can arrest, or at the very least, slow down the damaging process if it is detected early. Hence the importance of glaucoma awareness and the need to detect the problem as early as possible, to able to start treatment (usually daily eye drops) with as little damage to the vision as possible. In some glaucoma cases treatment many include laser and/or surgery.

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