The ophthalmology department at the Costa del Sol Hospital and, more specifically, its glaucoma unit, marked International Glaucoma Day on Monday. This disease is the second most common cause of blindness in developed countries.
From its unit, the hospital offers the most up-to-date information with the aim of highlighting the importance of early testing for the disease. This makes it possible to slow the progression of glaucoma and to stall any damage, which, once it occurs, is irreversible, according to a report from the health centre.
The prevention of glaucoma is led, therefore, by these campaigns for detection, sharing information and raising awareness among the general population, which have taken place annually at the hospital for the last four years.
Glaucoma is a chronic, progressive condition that affects the optic nerve, producing changes to the sufferer's field of vision.
Although there is no curative treatment, it can be managed. If it is left untreated, it can over time severely worsen vision and even cause blindness.