Glaucoma Myths vs Facts Number 4

Myth - Glaucoma only affects the older generation. FACT – The risk of glaucoma does increase with age, but this eye disease can affect all ages even new-born babies. There are different types of glaucoma for example congenital glaucoma, secondary glaucoma and angle closure or open angle glaucoma or even pigmentary glaucoma. Although your risk is smaller the younger you are, anyone can have glaucoma.

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Glaucoma Myths vs Facts Number 3

Myth- No one in my family has glaucoma therefore, I won’t get the disease since glaucoma is inherited. act - It is true that certain forms of glaucoma are inherited and that your family history does play an important role, but this does not mean that you won’t be affected. Many glaucoma patients are the first to be diagnosed in their family. If you are the only person in your family with glaucoma, it is even more important that family members get screened for glaucoma. Other Types of Glaucoma are variations of open-angle or angle- closure types and can occur in one or both of your eyes. Some of these types include secondary glaucoma, pigmentary glaucoma and neovascular glaucoma among others. Traumatic glaucoma is any glaucoma caused by an injury to the eye. This type of glaucoma can occur both immediately after an injury to the eye or years later. It can be caused by injuries that “bruise” the eye (called blunt trauma) and injuries that penetrate the eye. Although it can't be cured, there are treatments to stop it from stealing your sight if it's diagnosed early. Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve.

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Glaucoma Facts vs Myths Number 2

Myth #2 - Vision loss as a result of glaucoma can be recovered. Fact – Vision loss from glaucoma occurs when axons in the optic nerve become damaged and can no longer carry visual information to the brain. Since glaucoma kills nerve cells that are truly part of the brain, it is not surprising that once vision is lost from glaucoma, it cannot be restored. That is why we call glaucoma the “silent thief of sight”.

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Glaucoma Facts vs Myths Number 1

Myth #1 - If your vision is 100% and you have no symptoms of glaucoma, you will not develop glaucoma. Fact - Glaucoma is called the “silent thief of sight” because you will not notice any symptoms until glaucoma is already advanced. The definition of early glaucoma is based on the fact that you do not even need to have problems with your peripheral (side) vision but is rather determined by your eye doctor's observation of the appearance of your optic nerve.

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