What the heck is Glaucoma?

I often say the only thing you want to know about Glaucoma, is that you don’t want to get glaucoma. In simple terms it’s an eye disease that causes slow, painless and irreversible loss of sight through too much pressure in the eye damaging the optic nerve. Unfortunately it becomes increasingly more common beyond the age of 50 and because of it’s slow and stealthy development is very hard to pick from the patient’s point of view. Given that is it the leading cause of preventable blindness in New Zealand, it’s the most important disease that I look for in an examination. Thankfully we have some very sophisticated new technology at our disposal that makes Glaucoma much easier to detect in it’s earlier and more treatable phase. Get your eyes checked every 2 years!