This year’s World Glaucoma Week 2012 | Philippine Glaucoma Week 2012 will be celebrated between March 12-16, 2012.
The Philippine Glaucoma Society already launched the Glaucoma Week 2012 on March 7, 2012 in Makati Shangri-La Hotel which was headed by the Philippine Glaucoma Society president Dr. Maria Imelda Yap-Veloso.
“Glaucoma is thought to be the primary reason for preventable loss of vision and in fact, statistics show that over 60.5-million people around the world suffer from the disease, of which 8.5 million of them are already blind in both eyes“, Philippine Glaucoma Society president Dr. Maria Imelda Yap-Veloso said.
Facts about Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a group eye diseases that causes damage to the optic nerve and eventually loss of proper vision. Optic nerve is the nerve responsible for transmitting visual images to the brain which is mostly affected by the increase in intraocular pressure of the pressure in the eye.
There are three types of Glaucoma; the (1) Open-Angle Glaucoma, (2) Angle Closure Glaucoma and (3) Congenital Glaucoma.
(1) Open-Angle Glaucoma has almost always no symptoms, or people suffering from this type do not always feel any symptoms. However, if there’s impairment of vision already, it is most likely, the damage is severe.
(2) Angle Closure Glaucoma has in intermittent or an on and off symptoms. A person might just suddenly feel a sudden and severe pain of the eye. One symptom of this type of glaucoma is patient claims of cloudy vision. Other symptoms include redness of the eyes, the patient may suffer nausea and vomiting and there is presence of rainbow-like halos around lights.
(3) Congenital Glaucoma is first seen and diagnosed during childhood. Usually symptoms show up in as early as few months after birth. There is cloudiness and abnormal enlargement of the eye of the child. The child will also be sensitive to light and always tearing.
Treatments for Glaucoma depend on its type. Eye drops are usually given to Open-Angle Glaucoma. Other treatments include iridotomy or laser therapy. But for severe cases, eye surgery is advised. For Angle-closure Glaucoma, an eye drops that lower intraocular pressure are given. While Congenital Glaucoma, it is always treated through eye surgery.