Daily Health Tips: What Is This Glaucoma?

In honour of World Glaucoma Week, 2017



Have you ever heard about the eye condition known as glaucoma? Do you know someone who has this? Have you ever heard that someone was told that their eye pressure was high? Well, if you answered yes to any of these, this is for you!

Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions that lead to optic (eye) nerve damage. This leads to loss of sight but this loss is gradual such that some people do not even complain until the damage is advanced.

There are two main types of glaucoma: Primary open angle glaucoma (in which there is partial blockage of the drainage system for the fluid that flows in and out of the eye leading to the fluid draining slowly) and acute angle-closure glaucoma (in which the iris bulges and closes the drainage angle). In both instances, pressure builds up in the eye due to backing up…

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