Glaucoma is a disease that affects the optic nerve and can lead to sight loss. Chronic glaucoma develops slowly whilst acute glaucoma forms rapidly. The latter occurs when the pressure inside your eye increases rapidly.
With chronic glaucoma there are no symptoms in the early stages so regular eye examinations are recommended. You may have acute glaucoma if you experience sharp pain, discomfort and blurred vision. Aching in your eyes as well as vomiting or nausea can also occur.
There is no cure for chronic glaucoma but eye drops can be prescribed. This will reduce the pressure in your eyes and reduce the risk of sight loss. For acute glaucoma, the pressure needs to be lowered and this is achieved through eye drops and intravenous injections. You may also be referred for laser treatment or surgery.
Who is at risk of developing Cataracts?
There are no symptoms in the early stages of Chronic Glaucoma, which is why it is so vital to have regular eye examinations.
Those most at risk of developing Glaucoma are those:
- Over 40
- are diabetic
- have high blood pressure
If you think you may have Glaucoma, please get in touch with us at Midlands Community Eyecare to book an appointment with an NHS registered home visiting optician in Birmingham, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and the Worcestershire.
Call Us On 0121 517 0218