Medical supervision and following the appropriate guidelines can keep glaucoma inactive and minimise its effects on the optic nerve.
1. Anticipation is vital
People at risk of glaucoma can end up developing it if they are not treated. Periodic check-ups and, if necessary, advanced treatment are our best course of action.
2. Correct diagnosis
Beyond the measurement of eye pressure, patients with signs of glaucoma are subjected to a pachymetry. This is a test that measures corneal thickness, which determines the right pressure for each patient.
3. Follow the instructions of your ophthalmologist
When glaucoma is diagnosed, it is necessary to monitor it continuously and to keep taking the medicines you have been prescribed. If you suffer from glaucoma and you have been…
To mark World Glaucoma Week, the Institut de la Màcula conducted an awareness campaign in conjunction with Farmaoptics and the Teknon Medical Centre. We describe its most important features below.
What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve that, if untreated, leads to irreversible deterioration in vision that can cause blindness. It has a prevalence of 2% in the over 40s. At present, it is the second cause of blindness in the world.
There are two types of glaucoma, depending on whether the eye’s filtering system (camerular angle) is open or not: Open-angle glaucoma and narrow-angle glaucoma.
Principal risk factors
The most common risk factor tends to be intraocular pressure that is higher than the structure of the optic nerve…