What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is the name given to a group of sight threatening eye diseases in which the optic nerve at the back of the eye is slowly destroyed. The optic nerve is responsible for relaying the visual information of what you are seeing, back to the brain. With Glaucoma, the destruction of the optic nerve occurs gradually over time and if left untreated can lead to blindness. Glaucoma has been dubbed 'the silent thief of sight' due to its gradual development, with some people unaware that they are losing vision.
It is critical that glaucoma is detected early in order to prevent any sight loss. Glaucoma can occur at any age and you should be screened no later than at the age of 40 or 35 if you have a family history of glaucoma.
The best way to detect glaucoma early is with regular eye examinations by an Optometrist. The Eye Practice offers comprehensive glaucoma screening and is one of very few Optometry practices in Australia to have an OCT, the latest in diagnostic equipment used to detect glaucoma in its early stages. You can read a lot more about Glaucoma in our BLOG - CLICK HERE.
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