What is Glaucoma?

If the results of testing indicate a high likelihood of glaucoma you will be referred to an ophthalmologist for confirmation of the diagnosis and commencement of treatment.

Treatment is crucial because you will experience loss of vision and gradually go blind if nothing is done.

Most patients are able to be successfully treated by using eye drops which lower the pressure inside your eyes. This has been shown to be an effective treatment to prevent progressive nerve damage and subsequent vision loss. There is no permanent cure. The treatment is ongoing and will require daily instillation of drops, usually for the rest of your life. Initially follow up testing of peripheral vision and optic nerve scans will likely be done at least every six months to monitor for further deterioration to ensure the drops are working.

Click here for a copy of our Envision Optical glaucoma information sheet.