FREE EYE SCREENING ON WORLD GLAUCOMA AWARENESS WEEK MARCH 11- 17, 2012

“That no Filipino shall ever go blind from glaucoma”
Vision of The Philippine Glaucoma Society

 
WHAT IS GLAUCOMA?
It is a
complicated disease that causes gradual and progressive damage to
the optic nerve, specifically the “cable” that transmits images to the
brain. This ultimately leads to irreversible vision loss and even BLINDNESS when left untreated.
FACT: Glaucoma is the #1 cause of bilateral permanent blindness in the Philippines and
at least half of them do not know they have the disease.
WHAT CAUSES GLAUCOMA? 
Elevated
pressure in the eye (commonly known as the intraocular pressure or IOP)
 is generally, but not always, the main factor leading to Glaucoma or damage to the eye’s (optic) nerve. 

Other factors such as previous eye trauma may also lead to glaucoma.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF GLAUCOMA?
Generally, NONE in the early stages.
But for Acute Angle Closure Type of Glaucoma, do watch out for:
  • Blurry vision
  • Eye pain 
  • Headache 
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Rainbow colored halos around lights
WHO GETS GLAUCOMA?
Glaucoma affects people of ALL AGES – even children. But in most cases those who are:
  • AGE: Over 45
  • Family history of Glaucoma
  • High degree of Myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness)
  • Asian descent.
  • History of eye trauma, surgery
  • Steroid/Cortisone use
  • Diabetes
  • History of elevated intraocular pressure
Please keep in mind that Glaucoma does not see age or reason. It can afflict any person regardless of age, health, or race. Patients
who are most likely to contract glaucoma usually have family history of
the disease, high eye pressure, a previous eye injury, chronic steroid
use and/or diabetes mellitus.
HOW IS GLAUCOMA DIAGNOSED?
An
ophthalmologist or eye doctor can usually detect people who are at risk
of having glaucoma. A series of test is needed to confirm if a person
has glaucoma. All of these tests need to be repeated at intervals to
assess the progress of the disease and the effect of the treatment –
which sometimes takes years even.
Regular eye exams would still be the best thing to do and if your vision is getting blurry or with eye pain, go see an ophthalmologist right away.
  • Tonometry – measures the eye pressure 
  • Pachymetry – determines the thickness of the cornea
  • Gonioscopy – examines the drainage angle and drainage area of the eye
  • Ophthalmoscopy – optic nerve assessment
  • Visual Field Testing – measures an individual’s entire scope of vision – central and peripheral (side) vision.
 
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR GLAUCOMA?
There is NO CURE for GLAUCOMA yet, and visual loss is irreversible. However, glaucoma is a disease that can generally be controlled when detected early – to prevent or slow-down further nerve damage and vision loss. 
  •  Eye drops
  •  Laser treatment
  •  Eye surgery
Early detection is the key to limit visual impairment and preventing the progression towards visual loss or blindness. 
Patients with glaucoma need to be aware that it is a lifelong disease. Compliance with scheduled visits to the eye doctor and with prescribed medication regimens offers the best chance for maintaining vision.
HOW MUCH DOES GLAUCOMA TREATMENT COST?

  • Eye surgery (operation) – around Php 4,000 to Php 8,000 (for charity
    cases). Not all glaucoma patients need surgery. Most patients are
    prescribed with eye-drops or laser treatment.
  • Regular eye check up – Php 500 – Php 1,000 per patient for a comprehensive eye exam.
  • Glaucoma Screening (batch of tests) – Php 6,000 – Php 10,000 but not
    all patients need to undergo this screening. Your eye doctor will tell
    you if you need this.

To help address this critical situation, The Philippine Glaucoma Society, in partnership with multi-specialty health care company, Allergan, has organized Glaucoma Awareness activities for World Glaucoma Awareness Week from March 11 to 17, 2012. Both the Philippine Glaucoma Society and Allergan believe that blindness from the disease can still be prevented through early diagnosis and treatment.

 
(L-R)
Dr. Norman Aquino (Past President of The Philippine Glaucoma Society) |
Dr. Manolito Reyes (Immediate Past President of The Philippine Glaucoma
Society) | Dra. Hannah Pia De Guzman | Dra. Ma. Zita Meriales | Dr.
Mario V. Aquino (Founding President of PGS) | Dr. Rainier Covar | Dra.
Imelda Yap-Veloso (Current President of PGS) | Dr. Jose Ma. Martinez
(Current Vice-President of PGS) | Dr. Nilo Vincent Florcruz
WORLDWIDE GOAL FOR GLAUCOMA:  “Don’t Let Glaucoma Darken Your Life”

  • Increase awareness
  • Early detection
  • Early treatment
  • Prevent BLINDNESS
  • Improve quality of life
There will be a FREE EYE screening next week in celebration of  the WORLD GLAUCOMA WEEK
on March 11-17, 2012 . Please watch out for the schedule announcements
or consult your eye doctor now so they can refer you for next week’s
Free eye examination.

24 thoughts on “FREE EYE SCREENING ON WORLD GLAUCOMA AWARENESS WEEK MARCH 11- 17, 2012

  1. I have to agree that early detection really pays. I hope this meaningful activity continues to raise glaucoma awareness and encourage Filipinos to be more conscious in taking care of their sights. Thanks for sharing!

  2. this is a great opportunity especially to those who are suffering from glaucoma..people should be aware of this..thanks for posting about glaucoma week.

  3. Very good opportunity for those peopel who are suffering from this eye illness. Also its good be aware as we all say prevention is better than cure! Spread the news and give much awareness as we can. Lovely post!

  4. Thanks for the update. Having a pair of sharp eyes are really important especially to us photographers who share our images as what our eyes can see. ^_^.

  5. Napakaataas na ng number ng nagkakadiabetes sa Pilipinas at karamihan din natatamaan ng glaucoma. Kaya this article ay napakalaking tulong ito sa kapwa natin na kahit papa'no ay matutulongan sila sa posibleng dulot ng glaucoma.

  6. I guess this is helpful on my part as a Nurse. I am actually reviewing for my NCLEX and your post is really informative and at the same time sorta an advocacy for those who have glaucoma (or at least who knows some one who have glaucoma. 🙂

  7. Thanks for sharing about this! I have very poor eyesight so somehow, this makes me more aware and cautious. I really need to take good care of my eyes.

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