Sunday, August 11, 2019

Improvement in Glaucoma Blindness Rate

Rate of Blindness Caused by Glaucoma Decreasing
Glaucoma affects more than 2.7 million people in the United States and over 60 million globally. Although the disease is a leading cause of blindness worldwide, the probability of going blind from glaucoma has been significantly reduced due to advances in diagnosis and treatment. In office use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) to study and measure the nerve fiber layer of the retina and optic nerve can detect damage to the optic nerve well before patients become aware of any visual loss from glaucoma. Modern laser treatments and implantable microscopic devices (MIGS-Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery) can change the risk of blindness from glaucoma. Researchers from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine studied the change in the rate of blindness from glaucoma over 2 consecutive 20 year periods and found that the rate of blindness was decreased by half but still remained unacceptably high! The best ways to avoid vision loss from glaucoma are to know your risk factors-such as family history, African and Hispanic descent, smoking, diabetes and sleep apnea, and be sure to schedule regular eye exams with glaucoma testing within timeframes recommended by your eye doctor.

If you or someone you know is concerned about their risk of glaucoma, schedule an eye exam at Alabama Eye & Cataract Center, P.C. in Birmingham at 205-930-0930, , visit Alabama Eye & Cataract Center, Google or