Glaucoma is a terrifying eye disease that occurs when fluid buildup causes damage to the optic nerve. Damage from this pressure causes deterioration of peripheral vision that some say is so gradual that you don’t notice until it’s too late. This disease is common in people over 60, but a lot of young people have been noted to develop glaucoma.
I am 27 years old and for years I have been closely monitored for glaucoma. It is rare for someone my age, but it can happen to anyone.
In the UK, a woman was experiencing eye pain and cloudiness in one of her eyes, with her other eye soon to follow. Her eye pressure had skyrocketed in less than 24 hours from a normal level to 81 mm Hg. She was hours away from losing her vision from acute glaucoma. Once her symptoms got worse she was rushed to the hospital and two clinical staff worked overtime to save her vision on the free National Health Service.
The woman was educated by her daughter about her condition with material from Sightsavers. Sightsavers is a foundation that prevents blindness in impoverished parts of the world!
For developing countries such as Malawi, Nigeria, Kenya, or Bangladesh, this story would have been far more tragic.
People all over the world lose their vision for ailments easier to treat than glaucoma, such as cataracts. Cataracts cause a third of worldwide blindness and affect nearly 13 million people today. People living in developing countries are at a higher risk. This is why more people need to be aware of Sightsavers.
Eye health care services simply aren’t available in a lot of countries. Sightsavers works to build a base of eye health services that are accessible to everyone and affordable by everyone, no matter where in the world they were born.
Sightsavers also works hard to promote the rights of people who have disabilities.
Sightsavers is an amazing and extraordinarily caring organization that everybody needs to know about. Could you imagine never being able to see your child again? I could never imagine losing my vision, and I wouldn’t wish it upon my worst enemy.