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Gone are the days of blissful ignorance.

Today, we are living in a world where it’s become the norm to be hyper-aware of preventative measures we need to take so that we stay healthy and safe.

The same can be said for glaucoma. 

Where before the lines have been blurred around this very serious eye condition, now we have all the information we need to prevent it from happening.
When it comes to glaucoma, it’s important to understand that due to its complexity, there are no generalisations.
This is evident with research pertaining to age groups.
It can affect anyone, at any age!
Glaucoma can also be generational in terms of genetic predispositions and can affect certain demographics of the population. 
So, simply put, glaucoma is a degenerative condition of the optic nerve that mainly occurs when the pressure inside the eyes increases.
Again, it’s an intricate condition with ‘many grey areas’.

Unfortunately, glaucoma doesn’t have a warning sign and can occur suddenly.

But, with regular eye tests, a Vision Works glaucoma screening and adopting healthier habits, it can be detected and in some cases, prevented from getting worse.

With World Glaucoma Week happening from the 6th to the 12th of March 22, we want to take this opportunity to talk about practical and simple changes we can all make to prevent glaucoma from happening to us in the future.

Maintaining healthy eye pressure is key to preventing glaucoma from occurring.

Drinking 8 glasses of water each day is great for our general health and for our eyes.

Eating lots of leafy greens, fruits and veggies are essential to our eye health.
Vitamins C, E, and A, as well as minerals like zinc, copper, and selenium, are equally beneficial.

When participating in sports or working on anything that could cause eye injury, make sure your eyes are protected as eye injury can also exacerbate the problem.

Slide for sight

Often, we have to put ourselves in other people’s shoes to know what something feels like.

Here is a sliding visual that shows you what a person with glaucoma sees.

Book an eye test!

Visit your nearest Vision Works store today for a R 90 eye test.

Book an eye test!

Visit your nearest Vision Works store today for a R 90 eye test.

Slide for sight

Often, we have to put ourselves in other people’s shoes to know what something feels like.

Below is a sliding visual that shows you what a person with glaucoma sees.

We want World Glaucoma Week to be a reminder that you are in control of the consequences of your actions. So, adopt healthier habits, be careful out there and don’t forget to have get a glaucoma screening and your eyes regularly checked at your nearest Vison Works store.

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