SACRAMENTO -- 5 June 2006 -- Of every 30 people over the
age of 50, one will be affected by glaucoma – a “silent” irreversible
degenerative disease of the optic nerve which leads to visual impairment
in both eyes. Nearly half of those with glaucoma do not know they
have the disease. Uncontrolled glaucoma is a contraindication for
Lasik and similar laser eye surgery, however a simple online test
using an Internet connection and a home computer can reveal the
first signs of glaucoma.
"Early detection of glaucoma, a leading cause of vision
loss world-wide, is especially important to its treatment and long-term
preservation of sight,“ according to Don Minckler, MD, professor
of ophthalmology, University of California at Irvine.
Estimates from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) ,
American Optometric Association (AOA), and the World Health Organization
(WHO) indicate that more than 2 million in the US and 80 million
in the world are affected by this disabling disease. Lack of symptoms
until late in the disease course make detection difficult and often
impossible before the onset of irreversible blindness.
Most patients with early glaucoma have 20/20 vision and enjoy
a healthy and productive lifestyle despite advancing disease. An
exam limited to the need for eye glasses or contacts, will detect
signs of glaucoma.
In a clinical study, the Peristat online glaucoma test showed more
than 90% accuracy for visual field defects versus standard diagnostic
perimetry equipment used in eye clinics. Since people can not notice
early defects in their visual field and most of the undiagnosed
patients with glaucoma have moderate to severe visual field impairment,
a routine yearly screening, as recommended by the leading medical
authorities can make a significant impact for people at risk.
The Peristat test is a powerful tool for self-care, but it is
not a substitution for a medical exam with an eye care professional.
For more information on glaucoma screening and prevention, explore
the recommended links to the side.
Free Online Glaucoma Test