Glaucoma is a very common eye condition that can be easily treated if caught in the early stages. Your eyes are filled with fluid that is continually being produced and then drained. If the fluid does not drain properly then the pressure on the back of the eye builds up, causing nerve damage and leading to Glaucoma. This damage may also occur if the fluid drainage and pressure are normal but the nerves are weak.
Some people are more likely to suffer from Glaucoma than others:
There are two sorts of Glaucoma – chronic and acute Glaucoma.
Chronic Glaucoma treatment is extremely effective when the condition is caught in the early stages. Eye drops are the most common treatment and work by reducing the amount of fluid in the eye and improving drainage. Tablets, laser treatment and surgery may also be recommended, especially if the condition is more advanced.
Acute Glaucoma is more serious and requires immediate treatment in the hospital. Drugs will be given to reduce the pressure and any pain, and laser treatment or minor surgery will usually be required. Glaucoma treatment is painless, and treating both eyes at the same time is often recommended as it stops the condition from developing in the other eye.
If you are worried you may have Glaucoma, you should visit your Optometrist or Doctor at the earliest opportunity.