Prof. Dr. Özlem Gürbüz Köz made a statement to the reporter of the İhlas News Agency (İHA) about the disease ‘Glaucoma’, popularly known as ‘Eye Strain’ or ‘Karasu’. Emphasizing that there is no situation where patients generally say they have a clear symptom, Köz said: “It is a very insidious disease. However, on a routine examination of the patient, the eye pressure will be found to be high, a problem will be detected in examinations of the optic nerve and visual field or black water disease. Frankly, the patient does not notice much at this stage. Towards the last period, when the visual field narrows, he sees as if through a tube and does not see the surroundings. He only sees the spot where he looks and is noticed at that stage. Also he has high eye pressure. “There are situations. The patient’s eye pressure can be as high as 50-60. In such a situation, patients report to the emergency room with terrible pain, nausea and vomiting, but these are not common in our country in general. This severe picture is especially seen in Asian breeds.”
“Eye size is actually a very cute picture with the public, but it’s actually a harbinger of glaucoma”
Emphasizing that babies can also have glaucoma, Köz said: “Mothers of small babies have tears in their eyes, they cannot look at the light, the transparent part in the form of a glass bell in front of the eye has a blurry structure, and the eyes of babies grow. Eye size is actually a very cute picture with the public. “While coming across as such, it’s actually a harbinger of glaucoma. It is a disease that occurs in all age groups and with different symptoms,” he said.
“We have to do the tests once or twice a year in cases that have stabilized after the diagnosis of glaucoma”
“After being diagnosed with glaucoma, there is no such thing as ‘your glaucoma is over, let’s not meet again’,” Köz said, continuing his words as follows:
“We have to conduct examinations once or twice a year in cases that have stabilized after the diagnosis of glaucoma. This requires a well-equipped center. Of course, the experience of the clinician is very important, along with the visual field device or devices that measure the thickness of measure the retinal nerve. How we see the optic nerve in our microscopic examination. It is very important. The patient must be followed throughout the clinic. Unfortunately, we cannot say that your glaucoma has passed.”
“Many of the patients we treat for glaucoma also have diabetes”
Köz noted that many of the patients they treat for glaucoma also have diabetes, Köz said: “Again, hypertension patients, high myopia, patients with a family history of glaucoma, or those with consanguineous marriages are risk factors. Diabetes, that is, diabetes interferes the vascular structure that feeds the eye behind the eye. When the structure is disrupted, the eye secretes a substance to protect itself so that I can create new vessels and blood supply. With the release of this substance, a vascular structure is created that completely covers the angular structure that allows the fluid to drain from the eye. These cases are very resistant. We generally combine these phenomena as retina and glaucoma. “First of all, laser treatments are applied to the back of the eye if he has very advanced diabetes. Besides, if we can fix his drug-resistant glaucoma with drug therapy, we can fix it. But in these cases, surgery is generally required,” he said.
“Very easy to operate”
Mehmet Ali Ertan, a glaucoma patient, stated that he learned that he also had glaucoma during the examination where he went for a checkup after his father was diagnosed with glaucoma in 2008. Drug treatment was started after 1 year. was regularly checked by our doctors in 6 month periods. I also have diabetes and a little blood pressure. Therefore, this had to be observed first. We began to continue our lives with our illness. “It’s not actually a disease. It’s very easy to control. You do the treatment for yourself with a dropper once or even twice a day,” he said.
“I have in no way refused or interfered with any medication”
Emphasizing that he never neglected the medicines given to him for treatment during his illness, Ertan said: “When I have to be out of the house, I have never been refused or interfered with by taking my medicines with me. I was a little scared. more importance to seeing in the 5 senses. When I read it myself, I realized that the consequences are very serious, that it is an acute irreversible disease. Because the optic nerve is the only irreversible nerve in the world. I tried to look like as best I can. I’m currently around 56-57 years old. As much as possible. I try to take good care of it.”