Quick facts about Glaucoma
Over 50% of cases of Glaucoma are undetected
Affects one in 15 people over the age of 70
Development is rare before the age of 50 years
Glaucoma is an eye disease that slowly damages the fine nerves connecting the eye to the brain. While it becomes more common as we get older, Glaucoma can develop at any age.
In the early stages, people with Glaucoma may have very few or even no symptoms. The condition can usually be controlled if it’s diagnosed early, however there is no known cure for the disease.
Effects of Glaucoma
Glaucoma causes a gradual decline in vision, but as it is hard to detect a significant amount of peripheral vision can be lost before the condition is even diagnosed.
The effects of Glaucoma can include:
- Trouble adjusting to changes in light
- Glare and sensitivity to light
- A halo effect around lights
- Temporary blurring of vision
- Difficulty defining the edge of steps, curbs and footpaths
- Tripping over or bumping into objects
Imagine driving through thick fog where visibility is down to only a few metres. That’s what it’s like to look through my eyes. Thankfully, it’s a lot easier getting around with my Guide Dog.
Early detection is the most effective treatment
Detecting Glaucoma early means that treatment can begin before significant vision loss occurs. Glaucoma has a strong hereditary link, so relatives of people with Glaucoma should have regular eye examinations as a precaution.
Early diagnosis and proper treatment, such as administering eye drops, surgery or laser treatment, is vital to help control the condition and prevent any further loss of vision.
“Regular eye examinations are important for all Australians, and essential for those suffering from eye disease or vision impairment.”