Glaucoma is often called the silent thief of sight with symptoms presenting often at a point when irreversible damage is occurring to the optic nerve.
Mr Akash Raj, consultant ophthalmologist at Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull, highlights five facts about glaucoma to ensure you’re eye aware.
- It is estimated that over 500,000 people in England and Wales have glaucoma
- Glaucoma usually develops when fluid in the eye builds up increasing the level of pressure
- Glaucoma typically presents in patients aged between 50 and 70 years of age, but it can affect younger age groups, especially where there is a family history of glaucoma
- Glaucoma doesn't present with many symptoms so it's important to get your eyes tested by an optician on a regular basis
- Damage caused by glaucoma is irreversible so early diagnosis is crucial to control the condition
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