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World Glaucoma Week, 10 – 16 March 2013, is an opportunity for eye-care providers to remind the community to have an eye check for the sneak thief of sight – glaucoma!
Glaucoma Australia estimates that over 300,000 Australians have glaucoma but only half are diagnosed. The rest are at even greater risk of unnecessary blindness from glaucomatous optic neuropathy.
Every general eye examination should include an assessment of both the optic disc and IOP, and it should be most specifically sought where there is a family history of the condition.
The “take home message” is: if one feels it necessary to check the IOP then it is also necessary to check the optic disc as well. However glaucoma occurs – and at whatever IOP level – it is at the optic nerve head that the disease will impact and will be seen.
For everyone to take an active role in the management of eye disease, an accurate diagnostic assessment of the patient is necessary. With the new technologies for examining the optic disc and peri-papillary nerve fibre layer, so much glaucoma shouldn’t remain hidden.
Here are some options for your own in-house promotion during World Glaucoma Week:
Vision loss from glaucoma is most often preventable, with current therapies effective if the diagnosis is made early enough. Practitioners have a huge role to play in diminishing the impact of the commonest preventable cause of irreversible blindness in Australia today.
Fax: 02 9439 8736
PO Box 420, Crows Nest NSW 1585 www.glaucoma.org.au