Early diagnosis can prevent blindness from Glaucoma:
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in Australia affecting around three in 100 people over the age of 35. After this age it is important to have your eyes checked by an ophthalmologist every 2-3 years.
What causes Glaucoma?
Glaucoma occurs when a build-up of fluid in the eye creates pressure, causing damage to the optic nerve. Because this condition has a few symptoms, patients often don’t know there’s a problem until the damage has been done. But when it’s diagnosed early, glaucoma if highly treatable.
How is Glaucoma diagnosed?
Your ophthalmologist can diagnose glaucoma during a routine eye examination using an ophthalmoscope to view the back of the eye and through specialist scans. We will also test whether there are blind spots or whether the fields of vision is shrinking.
What treatments are available?
Glaucoma is usually treated with eye drops that work by decreasing the pressure on the nerve and assisting the flow of the fluid from the eye. When diagnosed early eye pressure can be controlled and glaucoma damage prevented. An alternative treatment is the SLT laser eye procedure which can be done at our clinics.
When should I book an eye examination?
You should book an appointment with an ophthalmologist if you have any of the following:
– A family history
– Short sightedness (myopia)
– Long sightedness (hyperopia)
– Eye injuries
– Past or present use of cortisone drugs (steroids)
– Pain around the eyes
– Halos around lights at night