Glaucoma is a condition which causes damage to the optic nerve. This is usually due to raised pressure in the eye and results in reduced peripheral vision. Glaucoma affects around 2% of the population over the age of 40 with risks of developing the condition being higher in people of African-Caribbean origin or those people with diabetes. Glaucoma can occur in young adults and children but is relatively uncommon.
There are 4 main types of Glaucoma:
If detected early glaucoma can usually be treated with eye drops. These drops act by either reducing the amount of fluid your eye produces or by opening up the drainage channels to more efficiently drain the fluid away. In most cases these drops, used daily, reduce and stabilize the pressure in the eye preventing any further damage and sight loss
In most cases glaucoma has no outward symptoms (see slow onset glaucoma) so it is vitally important that everyone, especially those in the ‘at risk’ groups, have regular eye tests
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