Ask the Optician: Glaucoma

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AMRIK SAPPAL, store director from Specsavers Opticas Fuengirola answers your questions about glaucoma.

Q: What is glaucoma?

A: Glaucoma is a build-up of fluid on the eye which increases pressure and in turn damages the optical nerve. If left untreated it can lead to permanent tunnel vision and blindness. Often there are no symptoms at all in the first stages, and vision loss usually occurs gradually with symptoms only becoming noticeable when severe damage has been done. Unfortunately, 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.

Q: Who is at risk of developing it?

A: The highest risk group are those over the age of sixty; however babies and young adults can also suffer from the disease. People of African origin are more at risk of glaucoma at a younger age. Other high risk groups include anyone with family history of glaucoma, people who are severely short sighted and diabetics.

Q: How is glaucoma diagnosed?

A: Although it can be difficult for the patient to identify the signs of glaucoma, an in-depth eye test with visual health check is all that is required to catch the condition early. Prevention is the best cure for glaucoma and the sooner the disease is diagnosed, the sooner it can be treated without any loss of vision.

• Specsavers Opticas is located in Marbella and Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol. To find your nearest store and book an eye test visit www.specsavers.es.

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