Anroux Marais MPP
DA Western Cape spokesperson for Health
This week, 11 to 17 March 2012, is World Glaucoma Week, with the theme “Don’t Let Glaucoma Darken Your Life”. The DA acknowledges this eye disease and it’s sad consequences, by raising awareness thereof as many are “in the dark about it.”
Glaucoma is a grouping of eye conditions that damages the optic nerve, which hinders visual information from the eye to be conveyed to the brain. Glaucoma can be distinguished by four types, namely: open-angle (chronic) glaucoma, angle-closure (acute) glaucoma, congenital glaucoma and secondary glaucoma. Glaucoma is caused by the slowing or blocking of fluid in the eye, which leads to increased pressure on the optic nerve. The cause of open-angle glaucoma is unknown and often inherited. Angle-closure glaucoma is painless and slowly damages vision and is also considered an emergency because if one eye is diagnosed with angle-closure glaucoma, the other eye is also at risk of an attack. Congenital glaucoma is prevalent in babies and also inherited.
In a bid to raise awareness about Glaucoma the DA encourages everyone to have a complete eye examination as DA Leader, Helen Zille did on Monday, 12 March 2012 as well as Western Cape DA Leader of Governance did in 2010. We welcome all to support the campaign of creating awareness about Glaucoma because we are better together and also to reduce the burden of disease in the Western Cape.