World Glaucoma Week & Glaucoma Treatment

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World Glaucoma Week (WGW) falls between 11th and the 17th of March and is a joint project between the World Glaucoma Association (WGA) and the World Glaucoma Patient Association (WGPA).

What does World Glaucoma Week aim to do?

World Glaucoma Week aims to get people talking about eye health and try to eliminate un-needed blindness caused by glaucoma. It is very important to get eye checks at regular intervals, because if the condition is caught early it is very treatable, with minimal damage done to your eyes. However, if you leave it unchecked you could gradually lose your eyesight.

If Glaucoma is left untreated, it can cause you to go blind!

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a serious condition that affects the eye. The condition damages the optic nerve which transfers information from the eye to the brain. This will result in gradual loss of vision and, if it’s not treated early, it can lead to total loss of vision.

The damage to the optic nerve usually happens when eye fluid cannot drain away properly, leading to pressure increasing inside the eye. This condition is common but people often don’t realise they have it, as it can be symptomless in the early stages.

It is important to have regular eye tests as this can be one of the only ways to pick up the condition in the early stages. However, the NHS website states that the symptoms you should also be looking out for that could indicate glaucoma includes:

  • intense eye pain
  • a red eye
  • a headache
  • tenderness around the eyes
  • seeing rings around lights
  • blurred vision

For more information this condition, please visit the NHS website.

What can you do during World Glaucoma Week?

World Glaucoma Week has successfully been running for the past 7 years and helped spread the awareness of this disease. The WGA need help though to spread the dangers of this condition and suggest the following ways in which hospitals can help:

  • Involve your glaucoma patients as you organise a screening event in your local institute.
  • Give a lecture to a patient support group.
  • Participate in radio & TV shows to talk about the condition and to answer questions.
  • Contact newspapers to publish information about the condition.

How can Ashtons can help?

Ashtons takes eye care extremely seriously as they are what we use to see the beauty in the world. We offer a variety of products that can help look after your eyes such as eye drops and ointment. Our full range of ophthalmic products can be found on our medical supplies website.


 

References

  1. http://www.wgweek.net/
  2. http://www.worldglaucoma.org/world-glaucoma-week/
  3. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Glaucoma/Pages/Introduction.aspx
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