What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is the most common cause of irreversible sight loss in the world. By 2020, it is estimated 11.2 million people will be blind secondary to glaucoma. Sight loss is due to damage to the optic nerve: this is the nerve that connects the eye to the brain. This nerve damage is primarily (although not exclusively) associated with high pressure in the eye.
How can it be prevented?
Fortunately, if it can be diagnosed, detected and reviewed closely with expert management, the sight loss can often be prevented. The aim of treatment is to control the pressure in the eye, which can be achieved by medicine, laser, conventional surgery or minimally invasive surgery.
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It is important to avoid heavy lifting and swimming for one month after surgery. You will be able to go back to work the following day after surgery, as long as drops are instilled. The eye will be completely healed after six weeks.