Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye’s optic nerve. The optic nerve is responsible for relaying the visual information that your eye records back to the brain. The damage is slowly progressive and results in permanent vision loss and ultimately blindness if untreated.

Glaucoma is often referred to as the silent thief of sight due to its gradual development. Many people are unaware that they have glaucoma or that their sight is being affected. It is essential that glaucoma be detected as early as possible so as to prevent any sight loss.

Glaucoma can occur at any age, but the risk of contracting glaucoma increases with age, particularly if there is a family history of glaucoma.

Without treatment, people with glaucoma will slowly lose their peripheral or side vision. They seem to be looking through a tunnel. Over time, the central vision may also decrease, and ultimately if untreated, total vision loss will result.

Glaucoma is detected through a comprehensive eye exam that includes: dilated retinal examination, visual field testing, tonometry and Pachymetry. Early detection is vital as glaucoma cannot be cured, but the effect of the disease can be controlled and minimised.

Max Astri Optometrists uses the latest diagnostic equipment including computerised visual field testing and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). The OCT is the latest in diagnostic equipment used to detect glaucoma in its early stages.

The treatment options for glaucoma are medication or surgery. Most glaucomas are treated medically to control the intraocular pressure. Regular eye examinations are essential in diagnosing and managing glaucoma with the aid of the latest technology. Max Astri Optometrists are able to offer a comprehensive glaucoma screening service.