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World Glaucoma Week: March 12-16, 2018

Early diagnosis is essential in minimizing irreparable damage to optic nerve

Glaucoma is an eye disease that can cause blindness if left untreated. Damage is irreparable, but it can be controlled and stabilized. Many people do not know they have this disease, since symptoms appear late in the disease’s development and are difficult to detect.

Thus, early diagnosis and follow-up by an optometrist are essential in minimizing damage to the optic nerve. Ophthalmic drops and other treatments can stabilize the progress of the disease.

Marc Renaud, an Ophthalmology Technician who leads the Centre for Information on Glaucoma at the JGH, is available for interviews.