By Dr S. S. Gill
In conjunction with the World Glaucoma Week 2015, Ipoh Echo talks to Consultant Eye Surgeon Dr S. S. Gill about this “silent thief of sight.”
The visual impact of glaucoma in the world today is severe enough for The World Glaucoma Association (WGA) and the World Glaucoma Patient Association (WGPA) to work jointly in an effort to increase global awareness of this “Sneak Thief of Sight” by starting on the ‘B-I-G – Beat Invisible Glaucoma’ campaign between March 8 to the 15 this year. Worldwide, too many people are unaware that they have this “silent” disease and continue to lose vision without receiving the appropriate treatment.
So, what is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that result in progressive damage of the optic nerve (the “main cable” that carries visual information from the eye to the brain). If glaucoma is not treated, it permanently damages vision in the affected eye(s) and results in blindness. It is often, but not always, associated with increased pressure of the fluid in the eye (aqueous humour).
Glaucoma has been nicknamed the “silent thief of sight”” because the vision loss normally occurs gradually over a long period of time without significant symptoms until you eventually lose significant vision. In other words