Glaucoma is an eye condition where damage to the optic nerve results in the gradual loss of vision. The optic nerve in each eye serves to transmit images from our retina to our brain. Usually, but not always, damage to the optic nerve in is caused by high pressure within the eyeball.
The diagnosis of Glaucoma will be made by your eye doctor following a comprehensive eye examination and review of investigations.
One of the instruments used in measuring eye pressure
Optic disc in a patient with Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a potentially blinding condition. However, its progression is usually gradual. If it is detected early, and one complies to treatment and follow-ups, the risk of blindness can be reduced. If diagnosed early, we can treat Glaucoma and prevent blindness in most cases.
Management of Glaucoma depends on the type of Glaucoma, degree of optic nerve damage, your eye pressure, the presence of other eye problems and your age.