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Open your eyes to glaucoma awareness


By Spalding Today Columnist


South Lincolnshire CCG is encouraging people to have routine eye tests, at least once every two years, this Glaucoma Awareness Month.

Glaucoma is a common eye condition where the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain, becomes damaged.

It is usually caused by fluid building up in the front part of the eye, which increases pressure inside the eye. It can lead to reduced vision and even blindness.

In most cases, glaucoma does not present with symptoms until very late when some irreversible damage may have already occurred. Glaucoma can be managed and for this reason, it is recommended that people have their eyes tested at least every two years. The eye tests are painless and include measurement of the pressure inside your eye and tests of your peripheral vision.

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It’s important to remember that your eye health is critically important and patients are urged to seek urgent medical attention should they develop any of the following symptoms:

· intense eye pain

· nausea and vomiting

· a red eye

· a headache

· tenderness around the eyes

· seeing rings around lights

· blurred vision

Glaucoma can cause serious damage to your eyes and in the worst case scenario, can lead to blindness. This is why it is important to diagnose the problem during the early stages and the best way to do this is have regular eye tests, at least once every two years.

Diagnosing glaucoma early can prevent any long-term problems, hence the importance of attending for an eye test at least every two years. If you are 40 or over and your mother, father, sibling or child has been diagnosed with glaucoma, you are entitled to a free eye test.

If tests suggest you have glaucoma, you will be referred to an ophthalmologist to discuss treatment and there are a number of treatments, including eye drops to reduce the pressure in your eyes, laser treatment to open up the blocked drainage tubes in your eyes or surgery to improve the drainage of fluid from your eyes.

If you need any more information about glaucoma, or to find out what to do if you feel you are experiencing any symptoms visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/glaucoma/

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