Green Star: history and prognosis
How dangerous is a Green Star? Can one blind oneself from it? Such questions are discussed in this chapter.
Glaucoma, as the Green Star is termed medically, is a serious disease. Nevertheless, there is no reason to panic. Apart from the acute glaucoma attack, which should be treated as a medical emergency promptly, you can deal with this finding in peace. Although there are some severe gradients, as a rule, the green star is well controlled.
Yes. The green star, in the jargon glaucoma, is even one of the most common causes of blindness in the Western world. The main reason for this is not that this group of eye diseases would be so difficult to treat. But that the most common forms are creeping and will not be noticed for a long time.
According to medical knowledge unfortunately no. This is the treachery of the Green Star (glaucoma): Until a loss of vision is perceived by the person concerned, have already caused severe damage to the optic nerve and retina. These can not be reversed even by the best available therapy.
According to dark-figure estimates, about 1 million people in Germany are affected by glaucoma - half of them without knowing it. From the age of 40, it should be 1-2% of the population, in older age, the rate increases significantly.