Glaucoma week is from the 10th till the 16th of March. It a week to bring awareness to glaucoma, and how early detection can save your eyesight. According to worldglaucomaweek.org: “ Each year we adopt a common theme that is then adapted to local conditions. This unites our efforts. Recently we have concentrated on First Degree Relatives (FDRs) as they have a ten-fold increase in life-long glaucoma risk. If FDRs were to act on this information with regular glaucoma optic nerve tests, it would be likely to save a great deal of sight.”
What is Glaucoma?
It is a group of eye diseases which can cause progressive damage to the optic nerve at the point where it leaves the eye to carry visual information to the brain. Most people have no early symptoms or pain. Therefore, it is important to have your eyes checked regularly.
What are the symptoms?
Even though many people do not experience symptoms until they have lost some vision, there are a few symptoms which individuals can have:
Seeing halos around lights
Loss of vision
Redness in the eye
Nausea or vomiting
If you have any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention as soon as possible. Early detection can save your eyesight. To find out more about glaucoma, or how you can take part in the world glaucoma week, visit the campaign official website here.
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