Glaucoma is a common eye condition where the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain, becomes damaged. It typically occurs due to reduced drainage of fluid from the eye, leading to increased pressure inside the eye. Some people with normal eye pressure can also experience glaucoma. Glaucoma can gradually cause vision loss if not diagnosed and treated early, consequently being know as “the silent thief of sight”.
What Are The Different Types of Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is typically categorised into open- and closed-angle conditions, although there are other types as well.
- Open-Angle: This is the most common type. There is no visible problem to explain the raised pressure in the eye.
- Closed-Angle: The front part of the eye is shallower than average, which makes it harder for fluid to reach the area that it needs to, in order to drain away.
- Normal Tension Glaucoma: This is open-angle glaucoma where the pressure is not raised above normal.
- Ocular Hypertension: This is a raised pressure that has not led to definite signs of glaucoma. If the pressure is at a level where evidence suggests future damage is very likely, the pressure may still need to be treated.
- Acute Glaucoma: Glaucoma usually worsens slowly over the years, but rarely, it can occur rapidly with very high pressure. This is more common in the closed-angle type.
- Secondary Glaucoma: This is glaucoma caused by other eye conditions. Examples include uveitis (inflammation in the eye), diabetes, and previous eye surgery.
Are you experiencing symptoms?
If you’ve started to experience glaucoma symptoms, it’s important to see medical adviser as soon as possible. While glaucoma can be a daunting diagnosis, Vision Care Clinic offers a range of treatments to treat and stabilise vision affected by glaucoma.
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Are you tired of the negative effects of glaucoma drops?
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