Glaucoma is an eye disease where the pressure inside of the eye, Intra-Ocular Pressure, causes progressive damage to the Optic Nerve at the back of the eye.
The pressure usually increases when the drainage of the fluid from the eye is inadequate causing a rise in the pressure. A gradual but permanent loss of vision can occur unless treatment is started.
A Glaucoma check is part of the usual eye examination and consists of an evaluation of the Optic Nerve, a measurement of the Intra-Ocular Pressure and an assessment of the Field of Vision.
Glaucoma can occur at any age but the risk increases as you get older. Some people are more at risk of developing glaucoma than others; they are:
- Family history of Glaucoma
- High blood pressure
- Thyroid problems.
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For more information about Glaucoma visit www.glaucoma.org.nz