Make a res­o­lu­tion for healthy vi­sion!

Jamaica Gleaner - - WORLD SIGHT DAY FEATURE -

GLAU­COMA IS the lead­ing cause of blind­ness world­wide. The best way to pre­vent or slow vi­sion loss as­so­ci­ated with glau­coma is with early de­tec­tion. It’s im­per­a­tive to fol­low rec­om­mended guide­lines for rou­tine eye ex­ams be­cause any­one can be at risk for de­vel­op­ing glau­coma, and there are of­ten few warn­ing signs.

In or­der to main­tain healthy vi­sion, the eye must prop­erly reg­u­late pres­sure in the eye by drain­ing ex­cess fluid. Glau­coma oc­curs when the eye can­not suf­fi­ciently drain aqueous fluid, caus­ing in­creased pres­sure in the eye and ir­re­versible dam­age to the op­tic nerve. Dam­age to the op­tic nerve can cause per­ma­nent vi­sion loss and even blind­ness.

Of­ten re­ferred to as ‘the sneak thief of sight’, glau­coma of­ten has no early symp­toms or warn­ing signs. Vi­sion loss as­so­ci­ated with glau­coma can be grad­ual and may go un­no­ticed, as it slowly af­fects your vi­sion. The best way to de­tect glau­coma is dur­ing an­nual eye ex­ams with an oph­thal­mol­o­gist or op­tometrist.

Al­though vi­sion loss as­so­ci­ated with glau­coma is ir­re­versible, early de­tec­tion of glau­coma can slow the pro­gres­sion of the dis­ease and pre­vent vi­sion loss if prop­erly treated. There is cur­rently no cure for glau­coma. How­ever, com­mon treat­ments in­cludes the use of drops and laser treat­ments

Make a res­o­lu­tion for healthy vi­sion! Visit one of our of­fices to­day in Man­dev­ille, Mon­tego Bay, Frome, Santa Cruz, Sav-la-Mar or Rose Hall and get tested.

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