Glaucoma Week to raise awareness
GLAUCOMA, often described as the sneak thief of sight, can cause loss of peripheral vision.
There is no cure for glaucoma, but if treatment is initiated early, vision can be protected.
Laubman & Pank Bundaberg's optometrist John McBrien is advising local residents to get sight smart and if they have not recently had an eye test, consider having an eye examination this World Glaucoma Week, Sunday 8th to Saturday 14th March, 2015.
John says one in 10 Australians over 80 will develop glaucoma.
Though a chronic disease, it can be diagnosed through regular eye tests that examine the retina.
Laubman & Pank Bundaberg use advanced technology that can assist in the detection and monitoring of Glaucoma.
"The early detection of any form of Glaucoma is important, as the brain compensates for patchy vision loss.
We may not become aware of defects in our field of vision until too much of the visual field has already been lost" says John.
"Some people confuse symptoms of the disease as a normal sign of aging" he adds.
Advanced eye test technology, helps allow John to detect change more easily.
"I advocate regular eye health check-ups for everyone over 40, anyone with a family history of glaucoma or those with suspicious optic nerves," says John.
What are some common Glaucoma risk factors?
- Family history
- Elevated eye pressure sufferers
- Migraine sufferers