World Glaucoma Week 2018 - 20th Feb 2018

World Glaucoma Week: Eye checks save sight! Molteno Ophthalmic is proudly supporting World Glaucoma Week, March 11-17 2018. Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness and currently affects 64 million people worldwide. Glaucoma is a progressive disease that damages the health of the eye, however, blindness is generally preventable if glaucoma is diagnosed and treated early. Many types of glaucoma cause optic nerve damage without the patient being aware of the resulting vision loss until it is advanced.
 
As we work to improve treatment options for those diagnosed with glaucoma, World Glaucoma Week is raising awareness of the importance of getting your eyes tested regularly. The industry standard is to check eye health every two years[1]. Checks for glaucoma are part of a standard eye examination by an optometrist or optician. The tests are not invasive and include a test of intraocular pressure (pressure inside the eye) and assessments of the visual field and optic nerve[2]. You can find out more about these tests by speaking to your optician.
 
Your chances of developing glaucoma significantly increase if you are over forty years old. You are also at much higher risk if you have a close relative with glaucoma.  Having diabetes, high blood pressure, steroid treatment or short sightedness are also risk factors[3]. Get your eyes tested today - it’s not worth risking losing your eyesight!
 
For more information about glaucoma, check out the International Glaucoma Association, the Glaucoma Research Foundation or Glaucoma New Zealand


[1] https://ranzco.edu/media-and-advocacy/blog/fast-facts-about-glaucoma
[2] https://www.specsavers.co.nz/eye-health/eye-conditions/what-is-glaucoma
[3] https://www.glaucoma-association.com/about-glaucoma/should-i-have-an-eye-test

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