For those of you that have diabetes…
You are at risk as well, even if you don’t have a family history of glaucoma.
A common complication of diabetes is diabetic eye disease, this refers to a collection of sight-threatening problems that people which may develop over time, glaucoma falls under this category.
If you are diabetic, you are more likely to develop open-angle glaucoma which is the most common form of the disease. Since research has confirmed the link between diabetes and glaucoma, it is important that if you have diabetes, you get a dilated eye exam at lease once a year to make sure that the disease doesn’t cause deterioration of your vision.
Can glaucoma be cured?
No, it can’t, it can only be controlled.
The treatment of open angle glaucoma is much better than it was 5 years ago as most patients are now treated with eye drops. Upon diagnosis, your doctor may prescribe you eye drops to reduce the formation of fluid in the eye and increase its outflow to lower your pressure.
Other treatments such as laser and surgery are available for those who don’t find success with the drops. The aim of the surgery is to bypass the blockage in the eye to let the pressure reduce in the eye. There is established evidence that eyes that have surgery soon after a glaucoma diagnosis, do better in the long term.
So think about it.
Moral of the story…
Most patients with glaucoma retain good vision indefinitely as modern treatment such as those performed at My-iClinic is easy and effective but it is crucial that you are looking after your eyes. Talk to your family, most importantly your parents and grandparents and find out about your family medical history. If it turns out that there is a history of glaucoma in your family, go to the opticians and make sure to have regular visits to maintain your eyes’ health.
Simple steps like these can make a life changing difference.