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About this service
Glaucoma is due to damage of the optic nerve and is often caused by an high pressure in your eye. It is one of the main causes of blindness for people over the age of 60 and can occur at any age.
The loss of vision loss caused by to glaucoma can't be recovered, and so it is vitally important to have regular eye tests.
Diagnosis usually involves a review of your medical history along with an in-depth eye examination. Usual standard tests required are the following:
- Measuring intraocular pressure (tonometry)
- Testing for optic nerve damage with a dilated eye examination and imaging tests (OCT scan)
- Checking for areas of vision loss (visual field test)
- Measuring corneal thickness (pachymetry)
- Inspecting the drainage angle (gonioscopy)
Glaucoma is treated by lowering your eye (intraocular) pressure. Depending on your particular circumstances, treatment may include prescription eyedrops, oral medications, laser treatment, surgery or a combination of any of these.