Glaucoma in its various forms can be a difficult disease to accurately diagnose. The early signs are often subtle, and generally there are no symptoms for you to recognise. Often, glaucoma is a result from increasing internal eye pressure.
Types of Glaucoma
Open-angle Glaucoma (also known as primary or chronic glaucoma) : It occurs when there is a progressive loss of the optic nerve fibres with open chamber angles.
Angle-closure Glaucoma (also known as narrow-angle or acute glaucoma) : It occurs when there is a sudden and sharp increase of intraocular pressure. This is usually caused by an obstruction to the aqueous outflow.
What are the risk factors?
- Aged over 60 years
- Family history of Glaucoma
- Medical conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes
- High internal eye pressure
- Steroid use
With Glaucoma, early detection is vital as vision loss can't be recovered. If glaucoma is left untreated, it will eventually cause blindness. It is recommended that people over the age of 65 undertake eye tests every 12 months. At Sankey Fraser Eyecare, we can test for glaucoma by measuring your eye pressure, assessing your optic nerves and measuring your peripheral vision.
Don't leave it until its too late! Contact us to book in an appointment with one of our Optometrists.