Glaucoma is an eye disease that develops when an individual's eye fluid accumulates for a variety of reasons, increasing intraocular pressure and harming the optic nerves. This harm might eventually result in blindness. [1,3]
Am I at risk for glaucoma?
1. The likelihood of developing glaucoma rises with age (>60yrs) and is higher with a family history of the disease, those who have diabetes, high blood pressure, or a history of eye injury.
2. Symptoms of glaucoma can include gradual vision loss, seeing halos around lights, eye pain, redness, and nausea.
How can one minimize the risk?[1,2,3]
1. Get an eye pressure reading and a regular eye exam.
2. Put on UV-protective eyewear.
3. Consume a healthy diet rich in antioxidants.
4. Engage in regular exercise & lessen your stress.
5. Refrain from smoking.
6. Limit your contact with air pollution.
7. Use eye drops according to your doctor's instructions.
8. Avoid using meds on your own it may increase eye pressure.
Continue to see our beautiful planet with awareness of Glaucoma & its Early Screening, Timely Treatment!