Glaucoma: diagnosis and treatment

Glaucoma is an eye disease that most often causes blindness in the world. It is estimated that in Europe one person every 50 after 40 years of age has the condition. The disease is not curable, but if the diagnosis is made early and treatment is appropriate, the patient can have a completely normal life.

The following frequently asked questions of the patients:

It is possible to prevent glaucoma?
No, but regular eye exams and accurate information may allow early diagnosis and effective treatment.

It is an hereditary disease?
Not always. And ‘certainly more common among blood relatives.

Can it cause blindness?
Yes, if the progression of the disease is not stopped by the therapy.

What are the causes of glaucoma?
It is not a contagious disease, and it is not determined by the diet or from work. Many people get sick of glaucoma during aging, others have risk factors such as race (African-Caribbeans are more affected Caucasians), family history of the disease, defective eyesight important (myopia)

Is it possible to continue driving?
Yes, as long as the visual function to reach the levels permitted by law.

When should I make an eye examination?
It is important an eye examination in the absence of noise, if you have more than 40 years old and it has not been done in the last five years . Otherwise, every three years between 40 and 60 years old and every year thereafter.

Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 8:30 am to 12:45 pm at the Palazzina Dever of Villa Verde ( on the second floor) a free screening for the population will be performed in collaboration with the Unione Italiana Ciechi e Ipovedenti section of Reggio Emilia. Are invited to participate people over 40 years old, those who have relatives with the disease, those who have never tried the intra-ocular pressure. Telephone booking is necessary by calling 0522-328611 until places avaliable.