World Glaucoma Day 2022
According to the National Program for the Control of the Blind, India has 20% of the world’s blind population.
Glaucoma occurs when the pressure inside the eyeball is higher than normal. There are no symptoms or signs of the disease. Therefore, prompt treatment is required. Otherwise, the retina is damaged. This disease is also known as “visual theft” because of the risk of blindness.
In the last two years, people with diabetes, high blood pressure and other serious illnesses have been stuck at home due to the Corona epidemic. Genetics, diabetes, and the increasing use of steroid medications are increasing the incidence of glaucoma.
The problem is that most people don’t even realize they have the condition until it’s too late. So it’s important to have regular checkups with a glaucoma specialist or ophthalmologist.
Using over-the-counter steroid eye drops/creams can lead to elevated intraocular pressure, which in turn may lead to the development of this condition. Also, this is the basic difference between glaucoma and cataract.
After cataract treatment, after having it operated on, your vision is almost 100% restored. But even with 5% vision loss in glaucoma, there is no cure.
Ninety percent of patients in India did not notice glaucoma at the time, and this does not mean that these patients are low-income or poorly educated; Even well-educated people don’t realize they have glaucoma, and when they do, it’s too late.
Glaucoma patients need to be seen regularly, depending on the progression of the disease. Another reason is that elderly people do not have family members to take them for follow-up visits because they have tested positive.
Eye, monocular is never a priority for everyone unless people are facing serious vision problems, so early detection by screening is the only way to prevent vision loss. force due to glaucoma.