What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye conditions. Essentially, glaucoma is where the optic nerve is damaged at the point where it leaves the eye. The optic nerve is the nerve which carries images from the retina to the brain.

There are four types:

  • Chronic
  • Acute
  • Secondary
  • Congenital or developmental

Regular eye tests are important. The risk of glaucoma increases with age and if left untreated it can cause blindness.

What are the symptoms of Glaucoma?

The chronic type of this condtion usually has no symptoms and the eye may seem normal. This isn’t painful and at first your vision may be unaffected. This is why regular tests are so important to have a look in more detail at the health of your eye.

What can I expect to happen?

Any damage already caused by glaucoma cannot be repaired. however, with early diagnosis coupled with regular observation, and treatment, the damage can usually be kept to a minimum.

Persons over 40 with a family history of glaucoma should have a test every 12 months.