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Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a general term used to describe a group of eye disorders that damage the optic nerve and it is caused by the build-up of pressure inside the eyes. It is a genetic disease and it can cause irreversible loss of vision if not treated. The Glaucoma division at Abate AS Al Salam Eye Hospital has added state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment like optovue optical coherence tomography, non-contact tonometry and applanation tonometry to measure intraocular pressure.

Early detection of glaucoma will allow us to provide optimum care and treatment to our patients. It is important to regularly check the intraocular pressure of your eyes for early detection. Our advanced technology and high standards of excellence have always helped us in providing the best treatment for our patients.

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Symptoms

The signs of glaucoma sometimes come subtly and they are easily missed. So, it’s important to have routine eye exams to detect this disease. But then some other type of glaucoma has severe symptoms like eye pain or pressure, headaches, low vision, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting and red eyes.

People with diabetes have a higher chance of getting glaucoma. Risk factors for glaucoma include a family history of glaucoma, high blood pressure, long-term use of corticosteroids, previous eye injury, farsightedness and nearsightedness.

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Diagnosis and Treatment

It’s possible to have glaucoma and not find it until the later stages of it. A regular eye exam is important to catch glaucoma at an early stage. Glaucoma is diagnosed by some painless tests like a dilated eye exam, gonioscopy, optical coherence tomography and ocular pressure test.

Untreated glaucoma can lead to fast progression into the development of permanent vision loss or blindness. Treatments in the later stage can slow down additional vision loss but they can’t restore the lost vision. The treatment choice for glaucoma varies with the type of glaucoma, it may include prescription eye drops, laser or microsurgery. For effective detection and treatment of glaucoma, you can trust the trained ophthalmologists at Abate AS Al Salama Eye Hospital.

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