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What is glaucoma? 

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness in Ireland (NCBI). 

Glaucoma is an eye condition that causes damage to the optic nerve, which transmits images to the brain. The eye needs a certain amount of pressure to maintain shape and size. However, increased fluid can put pressure on the optic nerve and cause damage.

If glaucoma is not treated, damage can progress, causing a loss of peripheral (or ‘side’) vision and may eventually lead to complete sight loss. 

Is glaucoma treatable? 

Yes, there are a number of treatment options available. The glaucoma service at Mater Private provides very high quality of clinical care for patients referred with suspected glaucoma from optometrists, general practitioners and ophthalmologists from around the country. 

Early diagnosis, high tech monitoring and advanced surgical techniques combine to preserve the highest level of vision.