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Glaucoma

Are you beginning
to see a halo?

Watch out. This doesn't mean you are getting closer to God.It could be Glaucoma, one of the leading causes of blindness today. It occurs when the fluid that normally drains in and out of the eye gets obstructed. This fluid is produced constantly, and improper draining causes pressure to build up within the eye. Severe pain and loss of vision is the result.

Glaucoma is a collective term that refers to a group of diseases of the eye. The single common feature is progressive damage to the optic nerve. Risks increase if there is a family history of the disease. On an average, 1 person in 100 in the age group 40 to 65 is affected by some form of Glaucoma.

Symptoms ::
Blurred vision. A halo appearing around lights. Pain in the eye. Eye becomes red.

Treatment ::
Early treatment is a must. Miotic drugs and eye drops can help decrease pressure in the eye. An iridotomy operation, using lasers to create a drainage hole in the iris is effective.

If you are over 40, have your eye pressure checked at least once a year. Do consult your doctor.


 
 
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