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Early Detection and Advanced Treatment Keys to Fighting Glaucoma

By Kai Wade - Director of Communications & Social Media | July 17th, 2015

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve — the imperative nerve fibers that carry information from the eye to the brain. It can develop in one or both eyes, and can if left untreated can lead to blindness.

According to the Glaucoma Foundation, an estimated 3 million individuals in the United States have been diagnosed with glaucoma — and 67 million individuals worldwide have the disease.

In the United States, more than 120,000 are blind from glaucoma, accounting for 9 percent to 12 percent of all cases of blindness. A staggering number of individuals who suffer from the different types of glaucoma are often unaware they have it since the disease often does not show symptoms in its early stages. 

Premier Glaucoma Treatment in London

The London Ophthalmology Centre (LondonOC) is run by leading Consultant Ophthalmologists from major London teaching hospitals and regional centers of excellence.

With the rapid progression of medical science and eye care treatment over the last decade, the clinic has implemented leading technology into their practice.  The leading ophthalmology clinic in the UK is now offering the most innovative glaucoma treatment available today — XEN Gel Implants.

XEN Gel Stent technology was designed to deliver significant IOP control, and reduce the risk of further vision loss. The innovative 2 minute procedure uses a 6mm implant (developed by AqueSys) and was designed to deliver significant IOP control, and reduce the risk of further vision loss.

Led by Dr. Sharma, the LondonOC also performs cataract surgery, LASIK eye surgery, cosmetic eyelid surgery, pterygium surgery, and facial aesthetics.

Risk Factors for Glaucoma

While glaucoma can affect anyone, certain factors may increase an individual’s risk of developing the terrifying disease. It is critical for individuals, from infants to seniors, to have regular eye exams. Early detection and treatment of glaucoma are the only way to prevent vision impairment and blindness.

Who is at greater risk?

  • Individuals over the age of 40.
  • Individuals who have a family history of glaucoma.
  • Individuals who are farsighted or nearsighted
  • Individuals with abnormally high intraocular pressure (IOP)
  • Individuals of African, Latino, and Asian descent.
  • Individuals who have diabetes, myopia, long-term cortisone use, previous eye injury, extremely high or low blood pressure
  • Individuals with migraines, poor blood circulation, or other health issues affecting the entire body

Every individual under the age of 40 should have a comprehensive eye examination every three to four years. Individuals under 40 with one of the above risk factors should get tested every one and a half to two years. Everyone 40 years or older should have a comprehensive eye examination every one and a half to two years.

To learn more about Glaucoma Treatments, contact Eye Doctors (Ophthalmologists) near you.



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