How do you reduce the risk of glaucoma?
The risk of developing glaucoma increases as you get older, with the most common type of glaucoma affecting 1 in 50 people aged over 40 and on average 10 percent of people over the age of 75.
Early detection is the best way to prevent vision loss from glaucoma.
Regular sight tests with an optician can detect early changes in glaucoma such as raised intra ocular pressure (IOP) – as IOP builds, pressure pushes on the optic nerve directly or reduces its blood supply over time distorting the information passed from the eye to the brain leading to vision loss.
The earlier glaucoma is diagnosed the better, as treatment in the early stages can help stop your vision becoming severely affected.
An optometrist can help with a series of quick and painless tests to diagnose and monitor glaucoma.
If signs of glaucoma are picked up you will be referred to an ophthalmologist who will conduct further tests to establish the type of glaucoma, the extent of damage to the eyes and the most appropriate treatment.
There are specialist glaucoma consultants like myself at all Optegra hospitals, so you can be sure you’ll be in safe hands.
What is the treatment?
Glaucoma is treated by lowering eye pressure, which is most commonly achieved using eye drops.
However, laser treatment or surgery may be appropriate. Should you require treatment your ophthalmologist will discuss all suitable options with you.
A number of our hospitals offer bespoke glaucoma monitoring services including North London, Manchester and Hampshire. Our service identifies and captures any potential risks or developments. It is suitable for anyone who has, or is at risk of developing glaucoma, and is concerned about its potential progression.