Glaucoma, which impacts the optic nerve of the eye, is a probably blinding illness. However, there are lots of misconceptions surrounding it. On World Glaucoma Day, noticed yearly on March 12, allow us to demystify a few of them, courtesy Dr Smriti Jain, opthalmologist, Practo.
Delusion #1: Glaucoma impacts solely aged folks
Reality: Whereas the incidence of glaucoma is increased among the many aged, glaucoma can have an effect on anyone at any age, even newborns. You will need to get common eye examinations even when you find yourself younger and don’t have any obvious eye issues to make sure glaucoma is detected early. Imaginative and prescient loss as a result of glaucoma can’t be reversed, so early detection is essential.
Delusion #2: If I’ve good imaginative and prescient, I don’t have glaucoma
Reality: This can be a big false impression. Most forms of glaucoma won’t have any signs and the imaginative and prescient can also be 6/6 until late phases which is why glaucoma is known as the “silent thief of sight”. Typically persons are shocked when the analysis of glaucoma is made. The later the illness is recognized and handled, the more severe the long-term end result.
Delusion #3: Nobody in my household has glaucoma, so I gained’t get the illness.
Reality: Whereas a household historical past of glaucoma is a threat issue for creating this eye illness, there are lots of glaucoma sufferers who don’t have anyone of their household who has glaucoma. Generally household historical past might not be there as a result of all relations had been by no means correctly examined for glaucoma which is why it can be crucial that each one sufferers who’re recognized with glaucoma get their relations examined for it.
Delusion #4: Glaucoma is there provided that I’ve excessive IntraOcular Strain (IOP).
Reality: Whereas most individuals with glaucoma can have excessive IntraOcular Strain (IOP) or fluid stress within the eyes, and it’s undoubtedly a threat issue, many sufferers could by no means have an elevated IOP and but have a extreme sort of glaucoma referred to as ‘Normal Tension Glaucoma’. However, some folks with excessive IOP could not have Glaucoma – that is referred to as Ocular Hypertension.
Delusion #5: There isn’t any treatment for glaucoma so no level in taking therapy