Glaucoma, if left untreated, glaucoma can lead to permanent blindness.

Do you have Glaucoma ?

Glaucoma is vision loss due to a buildup of fluid pressure in the eyeball. It is a serious eye condition that causes damage to your optic nerve – the part of your eye that carries images from your retina to brain, ultimately allowing you to see.

Glaucoma causes irreversible and gradual damage of the optic nerve. The slow decline of sight often means the condition isn’t diagnosed until the advanced stage.

So, if left untreated, glaucoma can lead to permanent blindness.

While medical experts don't really know what causes glaucoma, the following factors may come into play

  • Age (particularly over 40)
  • High eye pressure
  • A family history of glaucoma
  • Nearsightedness
  • Past injuries to the eyes
  • A history of diabetes

Glaucoma symptoms

Unfortunately, glaucoma symptoms often go unnoticed in the early stages of the condition, which means you might have it and not even know it until it's too late.

Glaucoma Warning Signs

If you experience any of the following symptoms, it could be a warning sign of glaucoma and you should visit your optometrist for a complete eye exam

  • Trouble adjusting to dark rooms
  • Difficulty focusing on near or far objects
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Change in iris colour
  • Double vision
  • Watery or teary eyes

The symptoms listed above may not necessarily mean that you have glaucoma, but should be examined by an optometrist to be safe.

Glaucoma Testing

The best way to prevent Glaucoma and to find out if you have glaucoma is by scheduling a regular eye exam with an optometrist. (Particularly if you're over the age of 40, have a family history of the condition, or suffer from health problems such as diabetes).

At Civil Optical, we offer the Applanation Tonometry test which is one of the most accurate tests to measure your eye pressure (intraocular pressure, IOP)

Watch a short video about “Glaucoma”