Let’s Talk: Glaucoma

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With it being reported that Glaucoma is to become and ‘epidemic’ to hit the UK by 2050. The condition is predicted to effect 3.2 million, an increase of 1.28 million exceeding over 85% of those diagnosed today inclusive of those living diagnosed with the condition.

So what is Glaucoma and can you detect if you may have it?

A common condition that effects the optical nerve (that connect the eyes to the brain) gradually damages caused by fluid build up. This is because of the immense amount of pressure inside of the eye. If not diagnosed early and treated, it can lead to loss of vision.

At the opticians our pre-test screening done on the tonometer blows a gentle puff of air into your eye to evaluate your pressure levels. This is one of the tests in which we can asses your risk of developing glaucoma or even detecting if you may have it. We follow through with other tests to see the level of your sight as well as general eye health.

Two Types:

  • Open Angle – The most common type that happens gradually, is where the eye does not drain fluid as well as it should do. As a result pressure builds up and starts to damage the optic nerve. Some people have a more sensitive optic nerve than others which means they are at a higher risk.
  • Angle Closure – This happens emphatically when your iris is not as wide as it should be. Resulting in a great amount of pressure all of a sudden when the pupil enlarges too quickly or too much.

Treatment:

  • Eye Drops
  • Medication
  • Surgery
  • Regular Eye Tests

Make sure you visit an Opticians or your GP if you have any concerns about your vision. If you have glaucoma, early detection can help stop your vision getting worse. Any symptoms no matter how big or small can help us understand your eye health. You can book an eye test here.