High Eye Pressure & Glaucoma

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“I’ve heard that glaucoma is caused by high eye pressure, and that left untreated glaucoma can cause blindness. At what pressure will I go blind?” Glaucoma is a multi-factorial, complex eye disease with specific characteristics such as optic nerve damage and visual field loss. While increased pressure inside the eye (called intraocular pressure or IOP) […]

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Glaucoma “The thief in the night”

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It is called the “thief in the night” because it will come and steal your vision without you being aware of it. From the lay-person’s point of view, the most important thing to know is, that Chronic Open Angle Glaucoma is asymptomatic. There is no sign or symptom until it is too late. The next important thing to know is; once damage has been caused, it cannot be reversed. But here is the good news; although Glaucoma cannot be cured, it can be treated successfully to prevent blindness, provided it is diagnosed early enough. This speaks to the importance of regular eye examinations, particularly in the over-forty age group, when the disease is most likely to strike.

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What optometrists see in the back of your eye

The value of an eye examination goes way beyond performing a refraction and producing a spectacle prescription. Optometrists are in the front line of primary eye care and often the first to detect ocular pathology and systemic diseases.

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