Glaucoma

KODAK Lens Opticians can diagnose and advise on Glaucoma treatment at your routine eye test. Glaucoma is the name for a group of eye conditions where the optic nerve becomes damaged. It can be caused by a weakness in the optic nerve, or more commonly, a buildup of pressure inside the eye, and can cause permanent sight loss.

Glaucoma

Many people with glaucoma do not realise it is affecting their vision until a routine eye test picks it up. This is because it affects your peripheral vision before it affects your central vision, which is much more sensitive. It can be very difficult to notice any changes at first, but any sight loss caused by glaucoma cannot usually be restored.

We recommend you always seek medical advice from your optician if you’re concerned about your eyes, especially if you notice any blurred vision, or circles around bright lights.

The main type of glaucoma is called Primary Open Angle Glaucoma. It happens when the channels used to drain fluid from the eye become gradually clogged over time, causing the pressure inside the eye to increase. This then puts pressure on the optic nerve as it connects the eye to the brain. Other types of glaucoma include Acute Angle Closure Glaucoma, where pressure in the eye builds very suddenly, and Secondary Glaucoma, where an underlying eye condition, operation or injury causes damage to the optic nerve.

Most people that are diagnosed with glaucoma are in their 70s or 80s, but anyone can suffer from the condition, including young children. It’s not always clear what triggers glaucoma, but certain factors can put you at higher risk. Older people and people of African, Asian or Caribbean origin are at a higher risk, as well as anyone who has a parent or sibling with glaucoma. Medical conditions such as long-sightedness, short-sightedness or diabetes can also increase your risk of glaucoma.

There is no clear evidence to suggest that glaucoma can be prevented, but by attending regular eye tests your optician should be able to pick it up early. Thankfully, when glaucoma is picked up, treatments such as eye drops and laser surgery can be used to prevent further damage to your optic nerve, and help prevent your sight from worsening.

We recommend having your vision tested every 2 years to ensure that any issues with your eye health are picked up as soon as possible. Use our KODAK Lens Optician Finder to find your nearest optician and book an eye test today!

To experience what it could be like if you had Glaucoma, use the See Now – Sight Loss Simulator. Find out about Glaucoma Week here. 

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