Glaucoma Surgeon London
Glaucoma is the name given to a group of conditions that damage the optic nerve. Unfortunately, the damage done by glaucoma is irreversible and if left untreated it can lead to permanent sight loss in both eyes.
It is very worrying when you are told by an optician that you have high eye pressure or suspicious optic nerve or glaucoma. Most people think that it will mean that they will go blind.
Although glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the UK, but when diagnosed early enough and treated effectively the vast majority of people can be helped to reduce the risk of complete blindness.
Glaucoma diagnosis and management is a specialised area in the field of eye care and it is important that one sees a specialist in this field to minimise the risk of missed/incorrect diagnosis.
Glaucoma develops when there is a build-up in fluid and pressure within the eye that damages the optic nerve. Unfortunately, most people can go for a long time completely unaware if they have early to moderate form of glaucoma.
The condition can slowly develop until the symptoms become noticeable and very advanced. There is no obvious physical pain, no cloudiness of vision or redness of the eye in most people. People can begin to become aware there may be a problem when they start to struggle to see in low light conditions and may start to bump into furniture / people or have trouble navigating doorways and steps.