Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide. It is painless and the visual loss is Permanent. The only treatment available is prevention.
It has no symptoms until it is very late.
- Those with family history of glaucoma (e.g. mother, brother, sister, father).
- Diabetic patients
- Very short sighted people.
- Those over 40 years of age.
Early diagnosis by an eye specialist and treatment can prevent visual loss from Glaucoma.
The exact cause of glaucoma is not known. However in the glaucomas, there is Permanent optic nerve damage. Elevated eye pressure is the most common risk factor.
Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to tell if one has high eye pressures unless they are tested.
It is recommended that all persons over 40years get a eye pressure check at least once a year. This service is available at UHEAL or any other eye specialist near you.
In addition, the OCT examination and Blue on Yellow visual field test, which are the gold standard in Glaucoma diagnosis, will soon be available at UHEAL, saving patients time and money used in travelling abroad for these specialized tests.You should visit an Eye Specialist once per year for routine checkup.For more information Contact Upper Hill Eye & Laser Centre (UHEAL) Nairobi Kenya or any other eye specialist near you.