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New Eye Test Diagnoses Glaucoma Early

By jeremyc | April 26, 2017

A new eye test can detect the earliest signs of glaucoma, and this in turn will allow doctors to start treatment early.

It is estimated that nearly 60 million individuals in the world are living with glaucoma. One patient in every ten suffers complete sight loss in his both eyes.

Detecting the disease early would mean that doctors will be able to start treatment before patients experience sight loss. This test might also be used to diagnose some other neurodegenerative conditions, like Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s, in future.

Because the symptoms of glaucoma are not obvious in every case, early detection becomes necessary. At present, most patients are diagnosed with glaucoma after they have lost 33 percent of their vision. With the new test, it would become possible to detect the disease early. Glaucoma is not curable. However, detecting the disease when it is in its nascent stages will mean that we will be able to slow its progression considerably.

This test doesn’t require any complicated equipment and so eventually it would be possible to have the examination done from an optician, and this would mean even earlier detection of glaucoma.

 

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