Coinciding with the World Glaucoma Day’s celebration, Dr Badriya Al Malki, Assistant Director of Continuous Care at PHCC noted that the blue water or glaucoma is a disease occurs as a result of high eye pressure which leads to damage in the optic nerve.
There are also other types of this disease that may not be associated with high eye pressure, and if such high eye pressure is not controlled, permanent damage to the optic nerve occurs which can then result in blindness.
Dr Al Malki pointed out that the most vulnerable age groups are people over the age of 40 or those who have close relatives affected by glaucoma such as a father or mother and people with chronic diseases including diabetes and hypertension.
In addition, many eye diseases in Qatar vary by the age group as children are more likely to develop myopia and amblyopia, while elderly people are more likely to develop glaucoma which is the most common cause of blindness in Qatar for those over the age of 50 years.
Glaucoma is referred to as the Silent Sight Thief. Thus, Dr Maliki stressed on the importance of conducting the annual comprehensive periodic eye examination for the most vulnerable age groups as this is the only and best way to detect the disease, especially for those who have a genetic history of glaucoma.
Examinations include testing the eye pressure and visiting an ophthalmologist when one of the following symptoms occurs: blurred vision, sudden eye pain or visual field disorders.
As part of the global initiative ‘vision 2020’, the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates every year the World Glaucoma Week in the second week of March from March 10 to 16 to highlight the causes of the disease and how to prevent it as a community awareness.Courtesy:ThePeninsula