is chronic glaucoma detected?
As glaucoma becomes much more
common over the age of forty you should have eye tests at least
every two years and ask for all three glaucoma tests. This has been
shown to be much more effective in detecting glaucoma than just
having one or two. These test are:
1. Viewing your optic nerve by shining a light
from a special electric torch into your eye.
2. measuring the pressure in the eye using a
3. you are shown a sequence of spots of light
on a screen and asked to say which ones you can see.
All these tests are very straightforward, don't hurt
and can be done by most high street optometrisets (opticians).
How is chronic glaucoma treated?
The main treatment for chornic
glaucoma aims to reduce the pressure in your eye. Some treatment
also aim to improve the blood supply of the optic nerve. You will
need to go to hospital for treatment and have regular check ups
Treatment to lower the pressure is usually started
with eyedrops. These act by reducing the amount of fluid produced
in the eye o by opening up the drainage channels so that excess
liquid can drain away. If this does not help, your specialist may
suggest either laser treatment or on operation called a trabeculectony
to improve the drainage of fluids from your eye.
Your specialist will discuss with you which is the
best method in your particular case.