Keeping an eye out for glaucoma

Glaucoma is often associated with high intraocular pressure and poor blood circulation before leading to optic nerve damage sight loss and blindness in severe cases

In case of angle closure glaucoma, there will be symptoms such as boring ache in eye and recurring headaches. glaucoma (both open angle and angle closure) is a disease where optic nerve gets affected and if left undetected, it leads to irreversible blindness.

It estimates that the condition may affect 3.2million in the United Kingdom in 2050, but unless detection rates are improved, only 1.28million will have been diagnosed and be receiving the treatments they urgently need. However, the condition is symptomless in its early stages, and a regular eye test is the only way to detect it.

The group dedicated to glaucoma says individuals over 40 years of age or those with chronic disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure, excessive nearsightedness and family history of glaucoma face a higher chance of developing the eye illness, while recommending a visit to the eye doctor at least once a year for an early diagnosis.

Dr. Asiwome Kwesi Seneadza, the Medical Director of Dr. Agarwal's Eye Hospital said, over 60 million people were affected worldwide with glaucoma in 2010 and now 7.7% of Ghana's population is affected with age range between 30 to 50 years. With no symptoms and central vision lasting till last stage of glaucoma, people don't realise they are having the disease.

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It is against this background that Dr. Agarwal's Eye Hospital is organising a one-week free eye screening for the public to create awareness on Glaucoma ahead of the 2018 edition of World Glaucoma Day, this week. The lost vision can not be recovered, he added.

Among the types of glaucoma, open angle glaucoma, which accounts for almost 80 percent of the cases, is thought to be more unsafe than closed angle glaucoma. Of this, disease caused by the pressure in the eye that gets built up because of an impaired drainage of fluid out of the eye or a blockage in the drainage are termed primary.

Cases of secondary glaucoma have been detected as an after effect of other diseases.

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