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Glaucoma Part 2 (Ms Catia Sicari) Reskeon Newsletter, Australia - Sept 2003 (Teacher: Michael)

The symptoms of Glaucoma

While there are many types of glaucoma, most common type, chronic/primary open-angle glaucoma is often referred to as 'Sneak thief of sight'. It develops slowly over many years without any obvious symptoms or signs until side vision starts to disappear. damage is IRREVERSIBLE. person who has glaucoma will generally be completely unaware of what is happening because effect of gradual reduction in vision is impossible to self-detect and possibly one eye is affected in first instance. If is case, good eye will cover up for affected eye until majority of nerve fibres have been damaged, and large part of vision has been destroyed.

Glaucoma cannot be cured or prevented but it can be effectively managed and controlled. golden rule to minimise sight disability from glaucoma is early detection and proper treatment. Treatment cannot recover what has been lost, but it can arrest, or at very least, slow down damaging process if it is detected early. Hence importance of glaucoma awareness and need to detect problem as early as possible, to be able to start treatment (usually daily eye drops) with as little damage to vision as possible. In some glaucoma cases treatment many include laser and/or surgery.

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