4 Things to Know Before Starting Glaucoma Treatment
Glaucoma is a condition that damages the optic nerve through added pressure within the eyeball. The optic nerve has millions of nerve fibers that connect the eye to the brain. The optic nerve transports images to the brain for interpretation. When there’s increased pressure, the nerve fibers get damage and gradually die. This leads to blurred vision and if not treated, glaucoma leads to blindness.
As stated by the World Health Organization, after cataracts, the disease is the second prime cause of blindness globally. For a disease that’s popular, it’s a wonder that it can go undetected for so long and cause detrimental damage to your eyes. It’s probably because there are no warnings in the early stages of Glaucoma and unfortunately, no cure too. Hence, early diagnosis is vital to prevent irreversible damages to the eye. This is why it’s also imperative for people to be well informed about the disease.
It’s unfortunate if you’re diagnosed with the disease but when done early, going through treatment is not a heavy commitment. In fact, acknowledging that something is wrong with you is the major reason for depression at first. But with the knowledge that it can be managed, life should be better than normal. It’s obvious for you to be very curious about the diseases and the best treatment options you have. Here are 4 things you need to be aware of before beginning treatment.
- Your treatment options
Knowing and evaluating different treatment options is good in order to make an informed decision. This also helps in choosing the best option that will not only repress the disease but also have minimal side effects. The main aim of treating glaucoma is reducing eye pressure to a point at which damage doesn’t occur. There are several treatments depending on the stage of the disease. Glaucoma treatment options include eye drops, laser treatment, surgery and in many cases, a combination of these procedures.
- Forms of Glaucoma
There are two main forms or type of Glaucoma. They include chronic or primary open-angle glaucoma and acute closed-angle glaucoma. Chronic glaucoma is the most common and occurs totally undetected. It develops gradually with no pain and often causes blurriness even before symptoms become evident. The latter is less common but more dangerous since it can lead to blindness immediately. It mostly occurs due to an attack or structural deformities in the eye.
- The rate of treatment success
Glaucoma treatment aims at reducing the pressure within the eye. With this, some treatments have had a different rate of effectiveness for different people. Remember, patients are different and some treatments will work better on one than the other. Regardless, either of the treatment options you have should be effective in managing the disease successfully. For further information, seek professional help.
- No cure presently
Sadly, there’s no cure for glaucoma but with proper treatment, it sure is manageable.
Sadly, the number of glaucoma victims keeps escalating with time. With the information you have, spread the awareness of the disease. Not only in January (Glaucoma awareness month) but every time have an opportunity to do so.