Don’t Believe These 5 Myths About Glaucoma

Don’t Believe These 5 Myths About Glaucoma

You will find that every year, multiple national and international eye institutes, health organizations, opticians, universities, and NGOs combine efforts to create awareness about the overall effects of Glaucoma.

According to prevalent studies, Glaucoma is one of the most common causes of vision impairment and blindness. It has been estimated that nearly 79.6 million individuals will suffer from Glaucoma by the end of 2020, and this number is projected to increase to almost 111 million by 20401. The challenging part is that more than 50% of individuals who have Glaucoma aren’t aware of the conditions and miss out on a diagnosis, which can be imperative to help protect their vision, as per The World Glaucoma Association2.

What Is Glaucoma?


A common eye condition, Glaucoma, affects the optic nerves of the eyes. These optic nerves carry information from the eye to the brain to get it processed. Thus, when the optic nerves get damaged, it leads to vision loss, and in severe cases, irreversible vision impairment3.

Typically, Glaucoma is caused by a build-up of pressure in the frontal part of the eye, which, if not timely, diagnosed or left untreated, leads to optical nerve damage and may lead to permanent vision loss. After cataracts, currently, Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of blindness globally.

Some common symptoms include:

  • Blind spots
  • Tunnel vision
  • Blurry vision
  • Halos
  • Eye pain
  • Red eyes
  • Frequent headaches
  • Upset stomach, and in some cases, vomiting

Debunking Myths About Glaucoma

When was the last comprehensive eye examination appointment? Did you know that being proactive about your eye health and opting for a thorough eye examination every one to two years can help you diagnose Glaucoma and save your eyesight from further deterioration?

Now, do you know what you mustn’t do? Fall for misinformation about such critical conditions. To help you separate facts from myths, we have listed five common myths regarding Glaucoma:

MYTH #1: If You Don’t Suffer From Any Symptoms, You Will Not Develop Glaucoma.

Fact: Most individuals do not realize they are suffering from symptoms until the condition has already developed into a critical level. Generally, the spread of this condition starts affecting peripheral vision and then leads to internal damages. To analyze this condition’s development at the back of the eyes, a comprehensive eye examination performed by an eye care specialist is a necessity when appropriately diagnosing Glaucoma.

Myth #2: No One In My Family Suffers From Glaucoma, So It Won’t Affect Me.

Fact: Having a family history of Glaucoma can be risky. However, many individuals are the first ones in their family to be diagnosed with the condition. Similarly, many individuals do not know whether or not a family member had been affected by Glaucoma. Thus, it is critically important to schedule timely eye examinations to ensure prompt diagnosis and treatment.

Myth #3: Only Individuals Above The Age Of 60 Get Affected By Glaucoma.

Fact: Although it is true that prevalently Glaucoma is most common in individuals over 60, it affects individuals of all ages, including babies. Sticking to regular eye examinations, or an eye test routine that has been prescribed by your optometrist helps ensure apt and prompt diagnosis and treatment.

Myth #4: Vision Impairment As A Result Of Glaucoma Can Be Recovered Or Reversed.

Fact: If one starts to notice vision loss, the condition has already developed into a critical stage. It is important to remember that Glaucoma’s effects are irreversible, and one may never recover their vision. It is also important to schedule routine eye examinations with your optometrist and discuss any vision changes experienced.

You must keep a check on common symptoms and talk to your optometrist about control treatments such as eye drops, oral medication, and laser therapy or surgery, which can prevent your eyes from getting further damaged after the diagnosis.

Myth #5: Individuals Affected By Glaucoma Cannot Wear Contact Lenses

Fact: Many individuals with Glaucoma can safely continue wearing contact lenses. Whether it is safe for you to wear contact lenses or not entirely depends on the severity of your condition and your prescribed treatment. We recommend you consult with your optometrist and follow their advice diligently in this regard.

Though, suppose your eye care specialist has prescribed you contact lenses. In that case, you can also discuss with them about different modalities and types of contact lenses available in the market to find the best contact lenses for your eyes. With modern technological advancements, you will find numerous types of contact lenses for different eye conditions, including ones that are safe to wear with conditions such as Glaucoma.

Bausch+Lomb offers a wide range of contact lenses for various eye conditions and power prescriptions, including astigmatism, presbyopia, and dry eyes. Bausch+Lomb also provides different types of contact lenses in modalities of daily, monthly and yearly disposables, so that you enjoy options to buy the best contact lenses for your eyes. You can discuss with your optometrist about the benefits of each modality and buy contact lenses suiting your eyes. Being educated about your options and consulting with your optometrist to buy the best contact lenses can help you safeguard your vision and maintain healthy eyes in the long term.

While the best contact lenses offer the benefits of convenience, comfort, and improved vision, you need to make some crucial considerations if you are dealing with critical eye conditions such as Glaucoma. Before you decide to change your prescription, medication, or buy contact lenses, you must always talk to your optometrist first. Doing so ensures you are not risking anything and following the correct course of treatment!

Sources:
[1] https://www.glaucomapatients.org/basic/statistics/#:~:text=Glaucoma%20is%20the%20most%20common,unaware%20that%20they%20are%20affected.
[2] https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/glaucoma
[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK543075/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17072223/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2249347/
https://www.glaucoma.org/news/blog/new-contact-lens-technology-could-change-the-lives-of-glaucoma-patients-and-their-doctors.php

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