09 Jan 2019
Glaucoma The Silent Thief of Sight
Glaucoma: The “Silent Thief of Sight”!
Glaucoma can lead to loss of vision if it isn't diagnosed and treated early.
It can affect anyone from babies to the elderly, but becomes more common with increasing age - from 40 upwards.
In most cases Glaucoma has no symptoms until it’s quite advanced.
It's mainly caused by too much fluid pressure inside the eye, and damages the Optic Nerve - which connects the eye to the brain. This damage cannot be reversed!
This nibbles away the side vision (also called the peripheral vision or field of vision) gradually, and usually you aren’t aware of this until you have only central “tunnel” vision remaining!
The Optic Nerve is easily checked for signs of damage during an eye test, as is the fluid pressure, and we have sophisticated scanners to measure nerve health, peripheral vision and other structures, that all give clues about Glaucoma.
It’s usually treated by eye drops which reduce the internal eye pressure, but has to be regularly monitored
There are rare cases of “emergency” or Acute Glaucoma which can have symptoms of:
- intense eye pain
- nausea and vomiting
- red eye
- tenderness around the eyes
- seeing rings around lights
- blurred vision
DO NOT IGNORE THESE SYMPTOMS – SEE AN OPTICIAN OR AN EYE DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY
Thankfully, although rare, this is also the most preventable type of Glaucoma, and we can detect eyes that are at risk of this and refer for simple, preventative, laser treatment.
IF Glaucoma is in your family, and you are over 40 – get an annual eye test – it’s free from the NHS; in most other cases, an eye test every 2 years is recommended.
Bater & Stout Opticians are Swansea’s most highly recommended optician (see our testimonials), arrange an appointment now, for expert, professional eye care.