Glaucoma is a name given to a group of eye conditions which cause optic nerve damage and affect vision.
The most common type of glaucoma in
the UK is chronic open angle glaucoma.
Its prevalence increases with age and is about:
2 in 100 people over 40 (= 1 in 50)
5 in 100 people over 65 (= 1 in 20)
Up to 10 in 100 people over 80 (= 1 in 10)
There are additional factors which increase your risk to developing glaucoma, these include:
People mistakenly believe that checking eye pressure is checking for glaucoma!
This is not the case, in fact, over 40% of people diagnosed as having glaucoma have "normal" eye pressures!
Glaucoma is detected using a battery of tests (not all covered by a "NHS funded Sight Test") and include:
Two of our Optometrists work in the Glaucoma Clinics of the Sussex Eye Hospital.
They are available for consultation, and can address any concerns that you may have.
More information about glaucoma can be found at:
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