Glaucoma is a disease where the pressure within the eye is typically increased (although not always). This can damage parts of the eye, and if left untreated may result in blindness.
Many times the symptoms are not noticeable until damage to the eye has already occurred. Diagnosis consists of having regular eye examinations which include a pressure measurement (usually every 2 years for patients over 40), to enable early detection of possible problems.
Glaucoma leads to loss in peripheral vision and what is commonly termed as "tunnel vision".
The chance of having glaucoma increases if you have a family history of glaucoma. Anyone who has a family history of glaucoma should ensure they come in for an eye test.
For more information on glaucoma or any other disorder of the eye, contact your local John Granata optometrists direct on 02 9630 8700.