The World Health Organization has declared Glaucoma as the second leading cause of blindness in the world. Also referred to as 'the sneak thief of sight', it robs your vision without giving you ample opportunity to control the condition or initiate the treatment of Glaucoma.
So yes, Glaucoma is completely silent, unless you make a conscious effort to keep a check on the health of your eyes by visiting the eye clinic.
Glaucoma comes without pain and symptoms and is only detected at a very late stage when not much can be done to correct the condition. Thus, the first step for the treatment of glaucoma is to prevent it from happening or catch it when you are young.
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You are advised to visit an eye clinic every 1-2 years and allow ophthalmologists to do some tests on you. Special attention should be taken by people who have a family history of glaucoma. Patients with diabetes also have to pay extra caution for it.
Here are the tests that your eye doctor is most likely to do: –
– Visual Acuity Test will measure your ability to look from different distances.
– Visual Field Test to measure the strength of your peripheral vision
– Examination – Eye specialist must dilate your eye through the drop and check it against a magnifying glass to check for signs of possible damage.
– Tonometry which will measure the pressure in your eye.