Glaucoma: a silent cause of blindness

2017-11-01 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedGlaucoma is an eye disease that involves damage to the optic nerve.

PHOTO: suppliedGlaucoma is an eye disease that involves damage to the optic nerve.

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GLAUCOMA is an eye disease that involves damage to the optic nerve.

This is the nerve that connects each eye to the brain, and when the optic nerve is damaged, some signals from the eye do not reach the brain.

This leads to a reduction in your visual field and if not managed properly, can lead to blindness.

Glaucoma can affect people of every race, gender and nationality.

Risk factors for glaucoma include: age over 40 years, family history of glaucoma, African ancestry, nearsightedness (myopia), diabetes, migraines and certain medications.

In the early stages of the disease there are few signs and symptoms. Signs and symptoms include: pain, loss of peripheral vision and blindness.

If you think you may be at risk of glaucoma, please see your ophthalmologist for screening. Complete eye exams are necessary to determine if you have glaucoma or are at risk of glaucoma.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for glaucoma. But, if caught early, glaucoma can be treated effectively. Your ophthalmologist will decide which treatment is suitable. This may include laser treatment, minimally invasive stenting therapy or larger glaucoma operations.

• Dr Mahommed Ismail Motala Incorporated

Consultant ophthalmic surgeon — MBChB MMed (Ophth) (UCT) FC Ophth(SA)

Lenmed Nushifa Hospital/Al Kadi Private Hospital

Tel: 031 902 2547 (Isipingo)

031 207 6879 (Shifa)

031 492 3447 (Al-Kadi)

081 441 9560 (practice cell number)

Fax: 086 531 0956

E-mail: administration@doctor

appointments@doctormotalal.com

Suite 101 Shifa Medical Centre

Nu-Shifa Hospital

486 Randles Road, Sydenham

Durban.

or:

Suite 1, second floor

Ahmed Al-Kadi Private Hospital

490 King Cetshwayo Highway

Mayville

4091.

- Supplied.

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