Author:- Viewpoint Eye
Wednesday 29th of March 2023 10:03:59 AM
Earlier this month, we celebrated World Glaucoma Week. It is important to address some of the myths surrounding glaucoma, a serious eye disease that can cause irreversible vision loss if left untreated. Here are some common myths and the facts that debunk them:
Myth #1: Glaucoma only affects older people.
Fact: While it is true that the risk of developing glaucoma increases as you get older, anyone can develop glaucoma, including young adults and children. In fact there are several types of glaucoma that can affect people at any age.
Myth #2: Glaucoma only affects people with high eye pressure.
Fact: While high eye pressure is a major risk factor for glaucoma, there are many cases where people with normal eye pressure also develop the disease. Other factors such as age, family history, ethnicity, and medical conditions like diabetes can also increase your risk of developing glaucoma.
Myth #3: Glaucoma can be cured with eye drops or surgery.
Fact: While there are treatments available for glaucoma, there is no known cure for the disease. Eye drops and surgery can help to slow down the progression of the disease and preserve vision, but they cannot reverse damage that has already occurred.
Myth #4: Glaucoma always causes noticeable symptoms.
Fact: In the early stages of glaucoma, there are often no noticeable symptoms. This is why regular eye exams are so important, especially for people who are at higher risk of developing glaucoma.
Myth #5: If you have no family history, you are not at risk
Fact: While having a family history of glaucoma does increase your risk of developing the disease, many people with glaucoma have no family history of the condition. It is important for everyone to have regular eye exams, especially if you are over 40, to check for signs of glaucoma.
In conclusion, glaucoma is a serious eye disease that requires early detection and treatment to prevent irreversible vision loss. By dispelling these myths and educating ourselves on the facts, we can better protect our eye health and vision.