ophthalmologist or eye doctor can usually detect people who are at risk
of having glaucoma. A series of test is needed to confirm if a person
has glaucoma. All of these tests need to be repeated at intervals to
assess the progress of the disease and the effect of the treatment -
which sometimes takes years even.
- Tonometry - measures the eye pressure
- Pachymetry - determines the thickness of the cornea
- Gonioscopy - examines the drainage angle and drainage area of the eye
- Ophthalmoscopy - optic nerve assessment
- Visual Field Testing - measures an individual's entire scope of vision - central and peripheral (side) vision.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR GLAUCOMA?
There is NO CURE for GLAUCOMA yet, and visual loss is irreversible. However, glaucoma is a disease that can generally be controlled when detected early - to prevent or slow-down further nerve damage and vision loss.
- Eye drops
- Laser treatment
- Eye surgery
Early detection is the key to limit visual impairment and preventing the progression towards visual loss or blindness.
Patients with glaucoma need to be aware that it is a lifelong disease. Compliance with scheduled visits to the eye doctor and with prescribed medication regimens offers the best chance for maintaining vision.
HOW MUCH DOES GLAUCOMA TREATMENT COST?
- Eye surgery (operation) - around Php 4,000 to Php 8,000 (for charity
cases). Not all glaucoma patients need surgery. Most patients are
prescribed with eye-drops or laser treatment.
- Regular eye check up - Php 500 - Php 1,000 per patient for a comprehensive eye exam.
- Glaucoma Screening (batch of tests) - Php 6,000 - Php 10,000 but not
all patients need to undergo this screening. Your eye doctor will tell
you if you need this.
To help address this critical situation, The Philippine Glaucoma Society, in partnership with multi-specialty health care company, Allergan, has organized Glaucoma Awareness activities for World Glaucoma Awareness Week from March 11 to 17, 2012. Both the
Society and Allergan believe that blindness from the disease can still be prevented through early diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Norman Aquino (Past President of The Philippine Glaucoma Society) |
Dr. Manolito Reyes (Immediate Past President of The Philippine Glaucoma
Society) | Dra. Hannah Pia De Guzman | Dra. Ma. Zita Meriales | Dr.
Mario V. Aquino (Founding President of PGS) | Dr. Rainier Covar | Dra.
Imelda Yap-Veloso (Current President of PGS) | Dr. Jose Ma. Martinez
(Current Vice-President of PGS) | Dr. Nilo Vincent Florcruz
WORLDWIDE GOAL FOR GLAUCOMA:
"Don't Let Glaucoma
Darken Your Life"
- Increase awareness
- Early detection
- Early treatment
- Prevent BLINDNESS
- Improve quality of life
There will be a FREE EYE screening next week in celebration of the WORLD GLAUCOMA WEEK
on March 11-17, 2012 . Please watch out for the schedule announcements
or consult your eye doctor now so they can refer you for next week's
Free eye examination.