The Impact of Glaucoma on Filipinos
Glaucoma, known as the “silent thief of sight,” is a condition that damages the eye’s optic nerve. In the context of the Philippines, this disease has silently crept into countless lives, with a prevalent rate of 5% among adults above 40.
II. The Prevalence of Glaucoma Among Filipinos
Glaucoma has become increasingly common among the Filipinos. Risk factors such as age, race, and family medical history play a significant role. The high prevalence rate among the elderly and genetic predisposition among Filipinos add to this growing health concern.
III. The Consequences of Glaucoma
Glaucoma gradually reduces peripheral vision until only tunnel vision remains and could eventually lead to blindness if left untreated. The disease negatively impacts individuals’ quality of life leading to difficulties in performing daily activities. At the societal level, the collective economic burden and healthcare costs are staggering.
IV. Challenges in Combating Glaucoma in the Philippines
Diagnosing glaucoma in its initial stages is a significant challenge due to the absence of early symptoms. Furthermore, the high cost and lack of access to specialized care hinder disease management, leaving many untreated and at risk.
V. Efforts Towards Glaucoma Awareness and Management
Given its rising prevalence, several campaigns are advocating for increased awareness about glaucoma detection and management. Also, health organizations have devised initiatives such as free screenings, patient counselling and informative material distribution to combat this issue.
VI. Glaucoma Prevention and Control Guidelines
Regular comprehensive eye exams, a healthy diet rich in nutrients, and regular exercise can work towards effective prevention. As there’s no cure, it’s crucial to detect the disease early, which allows for strategies to slow or prevent vision loss.
The effect and impact of glaucoma on Filipinos’ lives is severe. While efforts are in place to raise awareness and enhance treatment accessibility, the challenges highlight the need to redouble efforts to reduce the burden of this silent sight thief.
Good eye health begins with understanding and being aware of potential risks. Make your eye health a priority today by getting your eyes checked regularly—early detection is key. Let’s battle glaucoma, not in silence but with knowledge and vigilance!