Glaucoma is an eye diseases in which the optic nerve at the back of the eye is damaged. This eventually leads to vision loss because signals from the eye can’t reach the brain. In most people it is due to an increase in eye pressure due to a problem with the drainage of fluid out of the eye. Anyone can get glaucoma however there are certain factors that can increase the risk.
With the exception of acute glaucoma there are no noticable symptoms of glaucoma until it is very late. you lose vision without realising it because it affects the side vision first and then slowly works its way inwards to cause ‘tunnel vision’. Eventually the ‘straight ahead’ vision is also lost which will then lead to blindness.
There is no cure for glaucoma but it can usually be controlled so that further loss of vision is prevented or at least it can be slowed down. Treatment can save your remaining vision but does not improve eyesight. At Eye Surgery Associates we offer a wide range of treatment options that have all been proven effective.
Articles on glaucoma
- Glaucoma and Driving
- Are you at risk of getting glaucoma?
- The role of eye drops in treating glaucoma
Further information on glaucoma can be found in our FAQs