Glaucoma photo from Optique, opticians in Battersea, LondonGlaucoma is an eye conditions associated with damage to the optic nerve at the back of the eye. It is often characterized by a raised level of intraocular pressure.

Glaucoma is the world’s leading cause of blindness. Glaucoma progresses without symptoms in the initial stages and if left untreated can lead to irreversible loss of vision as the disease progresses. A complete and thorough eye examination can identify the disease in the early stages before irreversible damage occurs.

With early treatment the damage can be minimized and its progression slowed.

Regular eye tests are important. According to the RNIB, chronic glaucoma affects one percent of people over 40 and five percent of people over 65.

The risk of glaucoma increases with age and if left untreated it can cause blindness.

Glaucoma symptoms

There are two main types of glaucoma

Open-angle glaucoma: This is the most common form of glaucoma and the loss of vision is gradual and does not result in pain or acute attacks.

Closed-angle glaucoma: this is sudden and painful with loss of vision and will cause visual symptoms, such as halos around lights.

Glaucoma photo from Optique, opticians in Battersea in London

Treatments for glaucoma

Glaucoma can be treated with prescription eye drops from Ophthalmologists at hospitals.  The drops help to lower / regulate the pressure in the eyes.

If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, you will also be entitled to free eye tests funded by the NHS every 12 months

Your family members over the age of 40 will also be entitled to an eye Examination on the NHS as they are also at risk of the eye condition. It is advisable to inform your family members that you have glaucoma and that they should have regular eye examinations.

For help and advice on Glaucoma, visit Optique, opticians in Battersea, London at 276 Battersea Park Road, Battersea, London, SW11 3BS. Tel: 020 72282754

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