Here’s some info about Glaucoma from the 100 Black Men of London newsletter.

What is it?
Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye diseases that cause damage to the optic nerve. Such damage can lead to a gradual loss of sight and, if left untreated, blindness. Glaucoma is responsible for around 10% of the registered blind population in the UK.

Any key risk factors?
Anyone can develop glaucoma, but its incidence is higher among older people, the short-sighted, those with a relative who has suffered the ailment, diabetics, and people of Asian and African descent.

Any symptoms?
In many cases, no. Glaucoma can develop very slowly with a gradual loss of peripheral vision that can go unnoticed for years and until its too late.

Any tests?
If you are concerned about your eyesight please visit your GP or a qualified optician (optometrist). If there is any concern that you have developed glaucoma then you should be referred to an ophthalmologist (a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders). Do not accept anything less.

In any case, it is important to have your eyes checked at least every 2 years.

Is it treatable?
Yes. If detected early enough which means being proactive.

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