There is no particular age for glaucoma to take place. One may develop infantile Glaucoma at the time of birth, or may develop this eye condition at any part of their lives. Nevertheless, it is the primary or open-angle Glaucoma (in particular) that grows in humans with the aging process. The World Health Organization has declared Glaucoma to be the ‘third largest’ reason for blindness on a global level. As many as 5.2 billion humans are affected by Glaucoma in the world. 80% and more suspect and blind Glaucoma cases infest the ‘developing’ world. Its presence is felt all over the world.
What Causes Glaucoma?
It has been estimated that 60-70% of the total world is affected by Glaucoma that is hereditary in nature. This is the open-angle glaucoma-type based group. The Glaucoma patient relatives are the one that are mostly affected by the open-angle glaucoma. Although, there has been no established pattern of inheriting Glaucoma, it s deduced that the relatives have 5-6 times more risk that others, to develop Glaucoma.
Other factors that are responsible for the development of Glaucoma include Diabetes Mellitus, Myopia, Hypertension, Retinal Vein Occlusion, Cataract, Intraocular Tumors, Surgical and Accidental Trauma as well as eye inflammations.
Medically managing Glaucoma is a very conservative method to get rid of this chronic disease, as medicines cannot cure this disease. There are several conditions that have to be followed properly so that Glaucoma can be managed medically in an effective way. This includes regular checkups.
You can stop Glaucoma from causing blindness if the diagnosis is done at a very early stage. It is important the Glaucoma patient’s relatives opt for screening a minimum of two times per year. If you have been diagnosed positively, you will have to resort to long-term management and monitoring with the help of your glaucoma specialist. This disease is incurable. With the help of effective monitoring and treatment, Glaucoma progression can be stopped in your eyes.
To help prevent Glaucoma development in your eyes, it is your glaucoma specialist’s duty to discuss and provide you with the most effective treatment. The common treatment procedures include reducing eye pressure by applying eye drops. Th drops may not affect your visibility, but they should be used on a continuous basis to lower the progression rate of Glaucoma. There are some patients who are subject to laser or some other type of surgery for controlling the ‘eye pressure’.
The effects of Glaucoma manifests in different ways on different patients which affect the progression rate of the disease. The progression rate is so slow that your vision change is hardly detectable. This is the reason why you need the help of experienced glaucoma specialists who can take care of your eyes and prevent you from getting blind.
For Essendon residents, effective professional Glaucoma specialists are available in our medical center, who can keep you from getting blind.