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Dr. Scott Mackie shares the key facts on Glaucoma

Glaucoma is not one but a range of common diseases which is usually painless and symptoms often go unnoticed until the disease is more advanced. However, modern drugs can halt the progression of Glaucoma and modern equipment can identify the risk factors.

The main risk factors for Glaucoma are a family history, increased pressure in your eye, signs of nerve loss in your eye and reduction in your side vision. Other risk factors include being diabetic, having short sight, and having a black African or black Caribbean descent.

About 4 in 100 people have Glaucoma after 40 years of age which can increase with age up to 10 in 100 people. Most Glaucoma is identified by Opticians who then refer the patient to the eye clinic at the local hospital for management using National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines.

If you are interested in finding out more about the condition, The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) is a charity dedicated to helping families with this disease and they are having a National Glaucoma Awareness Week on 10-16th June 2013. Contact www.glaucoma-association.com and/or 01233 648170.

Visioncall are constantly being updated about Glaucoma so they can offer the best clinical service to patients when then perform an eye check.