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What is glaucoma and who is at risk?

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05.01.2017

TO celebrate Día de Santa Lucia and honour Spain’s patron saint of the blind, we’re focusing on glaucoma.

Known as the silent destroyer of sight, it is one of the leading causes of avoidable blindness in the world which makes it doubly important to spot the condition early on.

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a buildup of fluid on the eye which increases pressure and damages the optic nerve. If left untreated, it can lead to permanent tunnel vision and blindness. Often there are no symptoms in the first stages and vision loss occurs gradually, therefore it’s hard to spot before severe damage has been done. There is no cure for this vision loss, so it’s extremely important to have regular eye tests to diagnose the disease as early as possible, so you can be referred to a specialist for.....