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What is glaucoma?

The glaucoma is an eye disease in which the optic nerve is damaged due to the given intraocular pressure and thus leads to long-term vision loss. The intraocular pressure can be increased, but it can also be within the normal range. The diagnosis is never made by measuring the intraocular pressure alone, but always by assessing the optic nerve. If this disease is not diagnosed and treated, glaucoma can lead to loss of central vision and blindness.

glaucoma is best treatable if diagnosed early, but is unfortunately rarely recognized at the beginning. In the early stages, the only way to diagnose the disease can be through regular eye exams. Everyone lives at risk of developing glaucoma. However, certain people are at higher risk and need more frequent examinations by their ophthalmologist.

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There are two main types of glaucoma

  • Open-angle glaucoma
    This species develops slowly and without acute attacks. It is the most common type of glaucoma. The chamber angle is open.
  • Angle-closure glaucoma
    This type occurs acutely. The chamber angle is blocked.

Essential Glaucoma Risk Factors

  • Age over 45 years
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • dark skin tone (heavy pigmentation)
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • high level of nearsightedness (myopia)
  • Course of the disease with an injury to the eye
  • Use of cortisone (steroids): either in the eyes, orally, or systemically
  • Farsightedness (hyperopia)

If you are affected by any of these risk factors, please discuss the need for regular ophthalmological control with your doctor.

Symptoms of open angle glaucoma

  • a headache
  • Burning eyes
  • Progressive visual field loss
  • Color rings around light sources

Symptoms of angle-closure glaucoma

  • Sudden eye pain
  • Color rings around light sources
  • reddened eyes
  • very high intraocular pressure
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • sudden impairment of vision
  • wide, light-rigid pupil

Living with Glaucoma

Although nerve damage and blindness through glaucoma irreversible, glaucoma is an eye disease that can be controlled. The treatment consists in lowering the eye pressure as much as possible and thus preventing further nerve damage and blindness. The treatment options are: eye drops, laser treatment, or surgery. Discuss the appropriate options with your family doctor or ophthalmologist.

More information on glaucoma

There is extensive information about glaucoma to disposal. The information contains the basics of this eye disease and is not intended as a substitute for information from your GP or ophthalmologist. We also provide links to websites with further information about glaucoma and information about Aidswho can help if you have been diagnosed with glaucoma.

There is a wealth of information on the Internet and most countries have one or more associations or support groups for people with glaucoma.