What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a term for a group of eye conditions affecting vision, caused by damage to the optic nerve usually from increased pressure in the eye. Both eyes are usually affected, although it may be worse in one eye. Left untreated, glaucoma can lead to loss of vision and even blindness
What are the symptoms?
There are two general types of glaucoma: chronic and acute. Chronic glaucoma is the most common type, typically developing very slowly over many years. It tends to affect peripheral vision at first, so it will usually be picked up during an eye test.
Acute glaucoma is less common, but can develop suddenly with a painful build-up of eye pressure. You may also experience a headache, blurred vision and see haloes around lights.
How can glaucoma be treated?
The standard treatment for glaucoma is the use of eye drops to lower your eye pressure, as well as close monitoring. In a small number of cases, surgery may be required to help drain the fluid in your eyes more easily. Your consultant will discuss your treatment options with you.
Guide to common eye conditions and treatments
At Newmedica, we treat a variety of common eye conditions. Your consultant will discuss all this in detail but you’ll find more information on these pages.