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Understanding Glaucoma

We put Glaucoma in the spotlight for World Glaucoma Week

This week across the globe many organisations and eye health professionals will be taking part in World Glaucoma Week, and Visioncall will be joining in to help raise some much needed awareness around this serious eye condition.

Today we wanted to put the spotlight on glaucoma itself and share some information about what it is and most importantly – what you can do to help identify it early.

Glaucoma is a serious eye condition which can cause irreparable damage to your optic nerve and vision.

It is caused as a result of having too much or too little pressure at the back of the eye and while it can affect people at any age, it is an eye condition which becomes more common as we get older, particularly in adults over 70.

In the early stages you may not even notice a difference in your vision as Glaucoma affects your peripheral vision (what you see at the side of your central vision, or your side vision).

As your side vision is not as sensitive as your central vision it can make it very difficult to spot any differences early on.

What is can mean however is that your peripheral vision will gradually become more affected, creating a ‘tunnel’ effect in your sight.

Living with the condition can cause problems with mobility and difficulty detecting physical hazards.

One of the key things to always remember about Glaucoma is that the condition and its effects can’t be reversed or repaired.

So detecting glaucoma early is essential to inhibit damage and protect your vision.

Having regular sight tests with your local Optician is the best way to do this, who can recommend the best method of treatment for glaucoma based on your individual needs.

The most common way to treat glaucoma are through eye drops, but you can also be recommended for laser treatment or in some cases surgery.

The best way to stay ahead and make sure your eyes are healthy or if you have any concerns about glaucoma is to have regular sight tests with your local optician.

For more information about glaucoma check out our recent blog here.