Glaucoma is the second cause for blindness worldwide.
Among the types of glaucoma, open angle glaucoma, which accounts for almost 80 percent of the cases, is thought to be more unsafe than closed angle glaucoma.
Glaucoma is often associated with high intraocular pressure and poor blood circulation, before leading to optic nerve damage, sight loss, and blindness in severe cases.
Typically occurring when fluid inside the eye is not able to drain properly, patients who suffer from open angle glaucoma often don't experience symptoms in the early stages of development until the condition worsens and leaves them with impaired vision.
As World Glaucoma Week (11-17 March 2018) puts the condition at the top of the health agenda, research conducted by the National Eye Research Centre and commissioned by Vision Express to mark its 30 years of trading, unveils a worrying landscape for glaucoma over the next 30 years. Glaucoma first affects the peripheral or side vision and then progresses to the central vision.
In India, glaucoma is the third leading cause of irreversible blindness with almost 12 million people affected and almost 1.2 million people blind from the disease, a press release from the hospital said. "The frequency of screenings required should be determined based on age and the presence of risk factors", she noted. People with glaucoma require lifelong treatment to maintain their vision and if left untreated, the disorder can lead to complete blindness.
"We have many new drops which are preservative-free and also help reducing allergy". We recommend that individuals with an increased risk of developing glaucoma be tested every year or two years after the age of 35. This is an implant surgically fixed in the eye to control the pressure. The events will be held at the Hamad General Hospitals as well as at the Doha Festival City.