Glaucoma is a family of disorders which if left untreated can cause progressive and irreversible damage to the optic nerve.
Glaucoma is a family of disorders which if left untreated can cause progressive and irreversible damage to the optic nerve. The optic nerve is essentially the cable wire transferring visual information from the eye to the brain.
The damage to the visual system tends to be in a characteristic pattern with a corresponding loss in visual field. It is the most common cause of irreversible blindness worldwide and by 2020, there will be an estimated 80 million people suffering with glaucoma.
Glaucoma can be divided based on whether or not the drainage angle within the eye is open or closed as well as if there is a secondary cause for the glaucoma or not.
This is the most common type of glaucoma. In most cases, the patient is asymptomatic and it is incidentally identified, often at a routine eye test. It can be associated with high eye pressure or normal eye pressure. This can be primary (without another identifiable cause) or secondary (due to other conditions such as pseudoexfoliation or pigment dispersion syndrome).
This occurs due to the mechanical obstruction of the drainage angle and is associated with suddenly high eye pressure. Again, the cause for this can be primary (anatomically narrow angle) or secondary (for example diabetes, and previous inflammation). The eye pressure can suddenly rise and cause an attack of acute angle closure.
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At Adelaide Eye Surgeons, we provide comprehensive and effective treatment options for glaucoma, a condition often referred to as the 'silent thief of sight'. Recognising the critical nature of early detection and management, we utilise advanced diagnostic tools to accurately assess the stage and severity of glaucoma in each patient.
Our treatment approach is tailored to individual needs, ranging from medicated eye drops to reduce intraocular pressure, to state-of-the-art laser therapies and minimally invasive surgical procedures for more advanced cases. Our experienced team is dedicated to preserving your vision and preventing the progression of glaucoma, ensuring that each patient receives the most effective, personalised care.
We also prioritise patient education, helping you understand your condition and the importance of regular monitoring and treatment adherence, which is crucial in managing glaucoma effectively.
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