Glaucoma Myths

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 4-Aug-2011

Glaucoma MythsMost people do not know much about glaucoma, so glaucoma myths persist. Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the optic nerve and cause serious vision loss. It happens when the fluid levels in the eye slowly rise, but because there are no painful glaucoma symptoms, it is only detected through seeing an eye doctor regularly.

Here are some common misconceptions:

·Glaucoma is a disease of the elderly. It is true that advancing age increases the risk of developing glaucoma, and people over the age of 60 are most likely to be affected. However, it is still a disease that young people can develop, particularly young African Americans. Early detection is important, because it can often prevent serious vision loss.

·Because I can see perfectly well, I must not have glaucoma. Even people with 20/20 vision can still have glaucoma, because it affects the peripheral vision first. The central vision is only affected when glaucoma is advanced, so it is important to identify the warning signs of glaucoma early.

·If I had glaucoma, I would be in pain. Pain and discomfort are not glaucoma symptoms. In fact, glaucoma is known as the “sneak thief of vision.” The only way to diagnose early glaucoma is with a peripheral field of vision test, but a comprehensive dilated eye exam can help identify your risk factors.

·Glaucoma is caused by consuming too much canola oil. Even though some people think canola oil causes glaucoma, there is no scientific evidence to support this theory. The actual causes of glaucoma are fluid buildup in the eye, poor blood flow, and damage to the optic nerve.

As with the rest of your body, your eyes need maintenance. It is important to care for your eyes, and schedule regular checkups, even if you do not wear glasses. Early detection is vital in protecting your vision from being decimated by glaucoma.

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