What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is the damage to the Optic nerve (the nerve which connects and transmits information from the eye to the brain). Often times this is caused by high pressure in the eye. In the early stage it has few or no symptoms. This is because Optic nerve damage caused by glaucoma causes peripheral visual fields defects which are often not noticed. It is detected during routine eye tests.

Who is at risk of developing Glaucoma?

  • People over the age of 40 years with a family history of Glaucoma.
  • Patients with Diabetes, Migraine
  • Short and long sighted patients
  • Steroid use
  • Those who have had eye trauma including surgery

How is Glaucoma treated?

Glaucoma is treated by lowering the eye pressure. This can be done with the use of drops, LASER or surgery depending on the starting eye pressure and type and stage of glaucoma. Regular eye checks are of UTMOST IMPORTANCE. This is the only way your Ophthalmologist can monitor the nerve damage.

EARLY DETECTION is the key to best outcomes. So if you think you are at risk of developing Glaucoma please get your eyes tested by an Ophthalmologist.

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