alarm-ringing ambulance angle2 archive arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up at-sign baby baby2 bag binoculars book-open book2 bookmark2 bubble calendar-check calendar-empty camera2 cart chart-growth check chevron-down chevron-left chevron-right chevron-up circle-minus circle city clapboard-play clipboard-empty clipboard-text clock clock2 cloud-download cloud-windy cloud clubs cog cross crown cube youtube diamond4 diamonds drop-crossed drop2 earth ellipsis envelope-open envelope exclamation eye-dropper eye facebook file-empty fire flag2 flare foursquare gift glasses google graph hammer-wrench heart-pulse heart home instagram joystick lamp layers lifebuoy link linkedin list lock magic-wand map-marker map medal-empty menu microscope minus moon mustache-glasses paper-plane paperclip papers pen pencil pie-chart pinterest plus-circle plus power printer pushpin question rain reading receipt recycle reminder sad shield-check smartphone smile soccer spades speed-medium spotlights star-empty star-half star store sun-glasses sun tag telephone thumbs-down thumbs-up tree tumblr twitter tiktok wechat user users wheelchair write yelp youtube

The Silent Thief of Sight

When you hear the word “Glaucoma”, what you think of? Do you immediately see images of an elderly patient in big, dark sunglasses? Or are you the funny guy who hears that word and uses the opportunity to make a joke about needing a prescription for marijuana? Seeing as January is “Glaucoma Awareness Month”… what, you didn’t know that?! (insert sarcasm:) I thought I would use my blog post to give some facts about glaucoma, bust a few myths and hopefully help everyone understand this ocular disease a little better.

  • Fact #1 Glaucoma affects a structure in the back of your eye, in the retina, called the optic nerve. The optic nerve is what communicates between the eye and the brain.
    • Myth Bust – Glaucoma does not just affect elderly patients. Glaucoma can affect anyone. The good news is, signs of glaucoma would be found during a routine vision exam.
  • Fact #2 Glaucoma is scary because it is very slowly progressing and sometimes patients do not know they have the condition until permanent damage to the eye has been done.┬áThis is why Glaucoma is called the “Silent Thief of Sight”.
  • Fact #3 Glaucoma is normally associated with higher than normal pressure inside of the eye and is treated with pressure lowering eye drops or glaucoma surgery.
    • Myth Bust – Marijuana is not a main treatment option for Glaucoma. The idea that marijuana lowers eye pressure dates back to the 1970’s. And although a patient’s eye pressure was lower, it was lowered by a very small amount and for a very short amount of time. Because eye pressure needs to be regulated throughout a 24 hour period, prescription eye drops or glaucoma surgery are the front line treatment.
  • Fact #4┬áDamage from Glaucoma is seen initially as a loss to your side or peripheral vision but can eventually lead to blindness.

Doesn’t this make you feel great to know a little bit more about Glaucoma? Knowing more about the “Silent Thief of Sight” will prevent Glaucoma from sneaking up on you!

Happy Glaucoma Awareness Month! *Dr. Lynch