n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Glaucoma : the least the general practitioner should know : more about ... ophthalmology

Volume 31, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Glaucoma has been called the 'silent thief of the night' because patients may lose their peripheral vision slowly over a period of time with no symptoms in many cases. In South Africa, the prevalence of glaucoma in people older than 40 years of age is between 4.5% and 5.3%. In whites 1 in 40 people over the age of 40 years will develop glaucoma (2%). The prevalence in African-Americans and African-Caribbeans over 40 years of age is 4 times higher. Seventy million people world-wide suffer from glaucoma.

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