Glaucoma affects one in 200 people aged between 20 and 50, and one in 10 over the age of 80.
Glaucoma is a term describing a group of ocular (eye) disorders that result in optic nerve damage, often associated with increased fluid pressure in the eye (intraocular pressure or ‘I.O.P’). The disorders can be roughly divided into two main categories, “open-angle” and “closed-angle” (or “angle closure”) glaucoma.
Open-angle chronic glaucoma is painless, tends to develop slowly over time and often has no symptoms until the disease has progressed significantly. It is treated with either glaucoma medication to lower the pressure, or with various surgical procedures.
Closed-angle glaucoma, however, is characterized by sudden ocular pain, redness, nausea and vomiting, and is treated as an ocular emergency.
Screening for glaucoma is usually performed as part of a standard eye examination performed by optometrists and ophthalmologists, however there is still a huge gap in the population that do not attend annual appointments.
Glaucoma Australia is holding the B.I.G breakfast (Beat Invisible Glaucoma) between March 8th and 14th in order to raise both funds and awareness to help stop this disease.
If you would like to contribute or be take part in the B.I.G breakfast contact Glaucoma Australia 1800 500 880 or simply follow the link below.