What is Glaucoma? Glaucoma is part of a group of eye diseases that can become a serious diabetes complication for those who have diabetes as well as for those who do not have the disease. This particular eye disease develops as a result of excessive fluid called Aqveous Humor which causes increased pressure in the eye.
This can lead to irreversible damage to the optic nerves. Damage to the optic nerves can also occur as a result of poor blood flow to the eyes. If this condition is not detected or treated early, it can eventually lead to total vision loss.
Individuals who have been diagnosed with diabetes have to be very careful of this particular eye disease because it can progress without any obvious symptoms.
Presently, there is no known cure for this eye disease but it can be treated before there is any further damage to the optic nerves. There are three different known stages of this particular eye disease that include:
Indication of this particular stage of the disease includes blockage of the movement of the fluid between the eye chambers. This blockage is usually caused by the iris and the lens of the eyes. This problem will cause the drainage system of the eyes otherwise known as the trabecular meshwork , to be affected due to the force exerted from the iris. Diabetes
and non-diabetic patients, should be well aware that glaucoma could cause blurred vision. This vision problem can occur rather suddenly and can be accompanied by some severe pain and redness in the eye. These symptoms usually occur in one eye only. Sometimes diabetic individuals may experience nausea and vomiting as a result of these eye symptoms.
This is a rare form of the disease and is usually present at the birth of an individual. This stage can lead to an infant of this eye disease which can develop in young persons during their early developing years of life. Symptoms of this problem usually include eyes that are cloudy and very sensitive to light.
There may also be signs of excessive tearing of the eye. For some young individuals, these symptoms may take up to six months or more to develop after birth. Providing the disease is detected during its early stages and treated , any severe loss of eye vision can be prevented or delayed. Diabetic or not, get regular eye exams and avoid any eye problems such as glaucoma
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