As part of World Glaucoma Week 2018, Dr Jason Cheng is encouraging people to have regular eye tests to protect their vision from the ‘sneak thief of sight’ – glaucoma.
Glaucoma refers to a group of conditions that cause damage to the optic (eye) nerve, which is responsible for transmitting signals from the eye to the brain. Damage to the optic nerve results in permanent vision loss. If left untreated, glaucoma can cause total blindness.
Dr Cheng featured in an article on Mindfood, explaining what causes glaucoma and why it is vital that people have regular eye tests to detect the condition in the early stages. Read the article here.
He also featured on Talking Lifestyle radio with Ed Phillips. In the interview, Dr Cheng explained what to expect during a screening test for glaucoma. You can listen to the interview below.
In Dr Cheng’s interview, he mentioned the information and resources Glaucoma Australia provide for people suffering from glaucoma. You can visit the Glaucoma Australia website here.
This year, World Glaucoma Week week runs from March 11–17. This collaborative project between the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association contributes to the elimination of glaucoma blindness by alerting people to have regular eye checks, including optic nerve checks. You can find out more about the awareness week here.
Dr Jason Cheng is a glaucoma specialist with extensive surgical and laser experience (including trabeculectomy, tube implant, angle surgery and minimally invasive glaucoma surgery or MIGS). He completed two glaucoma subspecialty fellowships – one in the UK and one in Canada – and is actively involved in research in this area. He consults at Vision Eye Institute Bondi Junction and Vision Eye Institute Hurstville.
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