Glaucoma Information

Glaucoma is an eye condition where the optic nerve, which connects your eye to your brain, becomes damaged. It can lead to loss of vision if not detected and treated early on.

It usually occurs when the fluid in the eye cannot drain properly, which increases the pressure inside the eye and puts pressure on the optic nerve.

Glaucoma is a common condition, but many people won't realise they have it because it doesn't always cause symptoms in the early stages.

It can affect people of all ages, including babies and young children, but is most common in adults in their 70s and 80s.

Symptoms of glaucoma

Glaucoma doesn't usually have any symptoms to begin with and is often only picked up during a routine eye test.

Many people don't realise they have it because it develops slowly over many years and tends to cause a loss of peripheral vision (the edge of your vision) at first. 

Both eyes are usually affected, although it may be worse in one eye. Without treatment, it can eventually lead to blindness.

Very occasionally, glaucoma can develop suddenly and cause:

  • intense eye pain 
  • red eye
  • headache
  • tenderness around the eyes 
  • seeing rings around lights 
  • blurred vision

The above is courtesy the NHS Choice website that also covers other important info like tests, detection, treatment 

What is Glaucoma?

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Burton Glaucoma Support Group Meetings

are held every few months supported by Sally Jackson Glaucoma specialist nurse, myself Rohit Sharma glaucoma consultant,  Suman Biswas glaucoma Consultant & Mark Harmsworth Senior Orthoptist. Please contact either of us on the clinic telephone numbers given on the trust website if you need more info or wish to attend these meetings. More details are also given on the clinic noticeboards.

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