DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS NO SELF-EXAM FOR THE EYE?Glaucoma: a leading cause of blindness. A lot of people don't know how if they have it. It is about eye pressure. We are going to show you how.
2 Main Types of GlaucomaPrimary Open Angle Glaucoma
Open angle is the most common type. This is the type that everyone knows about and requires you to take eyedrops. However, 20-65% do not take their eyedrops.
Open Angle glaucoma is painless progressive vision loss, also known as the "Sneak Thief of Vision." So how can you know?
Answer: See your eye doctor or optometrist, ask them how to estimate your own eye pressure or ask him to use our Glaucoma balls.
Angle Closure Glaucoma (less common than Open Angle Glaucoma) but MORE DANGEROUS
Angle closure glaucoma is the "other type" of glaucoma that can cause total loss of vision in 6 hours or less! This type of Glaucoma is common in Americans who do not wear glasses! If angle closure glaucoma is untreated, it can lead to visual loss within hours and is associated with eye pain, headache, nausea, vomiting, and elevated intraocular pressure Treatment is immediate laser. This type of glaucoma is more common among people who don't wear glasses to see faraway or to drive. People from East Asia, South Asia, Africa can have a pre-disposition!
Elderly Patients in Nursing homes
Your family member may be given drugs, which can precipitate glaucoma, such as pilocarpine, atropine, and tricyclic antidepressants while in a nursing home. Be careful!
Glaucoma: a public health crisis
- Over 3 million Americans are living with glaucoma
- Of that number, 2.7 million, aged 40 and over, are affected by its most common form, open angle glaucoma
- In 2002, open angle glaucoma accounted for 12.3% of global blindness
- 60.5 million people had glaucoma in 2010 worldwide
- Projection of glaucoma prevalence in the year 2020: 80 million
- Glaucoma is one of the leading cause of blindness
- No awareness
- 25-85% of patients don't take their glaucoma medication
- Eye Self Exam --> Eye Awareness
Current solutions are too expensive
We created a simple educational tool, GlaucoballTM, to teach you about glaucoma and eye pressure.
Importance of Self-ExamsSelf Exam techniques for Cancer
Breast, Testicular, and Skin Cancer
1. Educate the public about disease
2. cost effective for early detection of disease.
3. Increased survival rate
a. Breast -85%
c. Skin -63%
Our Do-It Yourself Self Exam
The Glaucoma ball is a set of a 3 balls which measures:
Ball NUMBER THREE (BLACK) ABNORMAL pressure: 40mm Hg for anyone -think angle closure, loss of vision totally and permanently within 6 hours
Ball NUMBER TWO (WHITE) 20 mmHg (like that of an adult)
Ball NUMBER ONE (RED) 10 mmHg (like that of a child and teenager)
You touch your own eye, and compare it to these balls to get an idea of what your eye pressure is. You can take this to your doctor and he can measure your eye pressure and teach you about glaucoma, eye pressure and more stuff... Do you want to try it?
Gloria Wu, MD, PC
Ophthalmologist who specializes in Retina and Vitreous disease, eye health, preventive health, and plays a lot of tennis!