19.04.2012

"Look out" for signs of glaucoma

"Look out" for signs of glaucoma

By Alexa Kaczka

There is a reason why glaucoma is known as the silent thief of sight, as it can manifest itself inside people's eyes without them realising and then take away their vision before they fully become aware of what is happening.

However, there are ways to spot the development of the disease if people are observant, and one health authority is urging people to recognise the symptoms of what is one of the world's leading causes of vision loss.

The Philippine Glaucoma Society has embarked on a campaign to warn people of the signs of glaucoma, the Philippine Star reports, with some of these tell-tale symptoms including episodes of eye and head pain, blurred vision, redness, headache, vomiting and seeing rainbows around light.

In addition, certain people are more at risk of glaucoma than others, including those with high eye pressure or a family history of the disease, people aged over 45 years, those with eye injury and people with diabetes.

In any case, the key is to have regular eye check-ups to identify the signs of the condition and help to combat it.

"There is no cure yet for glaucoma. The only thing that you and your doctor can do is slow down the damage that glaucoma causes on not only your vision but also your life," the news provider added.

by Adrian Galbreth


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