What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve and can result in vision loss and blindness. However, with early detection and treatment, you can often protect your eyes against serious vision loss.
Who is at risk for open-angle glaucoma?
Anyone can develop glaucoma. Some people, listed below, are at higher risk than others:
Africans over age 40
Everyone over age 60
People with a family history of glaucoma
What are some of the early signs of glaucoma?
most glaucoma causes no symptoms in the early stages. When the eye pressure is high as seen in angle closure glaucoma, you could experience the following symptoms Hazy or blurred vision.
The appearance of rainbow-colored circles around bright lights.
Severe eye and head pain.
Nausea or vomiting (accompanying severe eye pain)
Sudden sight loss
Celebrities with Glaucoma
n October 2014, U2 singer Bono revealed the reason he wears sunglasses all the time — and it’s not because that’s just what rock stars do. On BBC’s The Graham Norton Show, Bono said he’s had glaucoma for the last 20 years and that he’s been receiving treatment.
2. Whoopi Goldberg
In April 2014, The View co-host revealed she uses marijuana to help her live comfortably with glaucoma. In a piece she penned for The Cannabist, Goldberg says that her vaporizer pen eases the pain of headaches caused by glaucoma.
In addition to headaches, other symptoms of glaucoma can include eye pain, nausea, eye redness, and blurred vision. People with glaucoma have increased eye pressure, but the Glaucoma Research Foundation states that there haven’t yet been any studies that show medical marijuana can help reduce eye pressure better than medications currently available.
3. Andrea Bocelli
Known for his impressive operatic voice, Bocelli has had congenital glaucoma from a very young age. While he was already at greater risk for vision loss because of his glaucoma, the Italian-born tenor went totally blind at 12 years old after a suffering a brain hemorrhage, the result of a soccer accident.
Congenital glaucoma (also known as childhood glaucoma) is rare; some infants are born with this form of the disease, which can be inherited, while other children develop it later on. Signs of congenital glaucoma include a cloudy-looking cornea, sensitivity to light, and excessive tearing.
Should I get tested for glaucoma?
Yes. If you are 40 or older, you need regular general eye exams, including glaucoma testing. This is important because most glaucoma causes no symptoms in the early stages. Without regular eye exams, you could lose vision to glaucoma before you know you have it.
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