What are the symptoms?
The most common form of glaucoma is Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma (POAG). POAG can often only be detected during a routine eye test as there are no noticeable symptoms until a considerable amount of vision has been lost.
Once vision is lost to glaucoma it cannot be restored.
Some forms of glaucoma can be caused by the drainage angle within the eye becoming closed. The acute form of closed angle glaucoma is an ophthalmic emergency. The pressure in the eye increases rapidly causing pain, redness and sudden loss of vision.
A family member suffered from glaucoma – am I at risk?
Glaucoma is a hereditary disease, therefore if a family member suffers from glaucoma it can make you more susceptible to developing the condition.
If you are over 40 years of age and have a first-degree relative (mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter) with glaucoma, you are entitled to a free annual NHS eye test. It’s therefore important that a person who has a close relative with glaucoma mentions this during their eye check-up and arranges regular tests to ensure symptoms can be detected early.