Glaucoma refers to a group of conditions that cause permanent damage to the optic nerve through the pressure of fluid within the eye. The prevalence of glaucoma increases with age, and it is more common in people over 40. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in Australia.
The optic nerve attaches to the back of the eye, and relays visual information from the retina to the brain. Damage to the optic nerve causes progressive visual loss, which is often missed by people suffering from glaucoma because it begins at the periphery of the visual field.
There is currently no cure for glaucoma, but if detected and treated early its progression can be slowed and loss of vision limited. Glaucoma is a lifelong condition requiring regular monitoring and management.
Coastal Eye Centre offers the highest standard of expertise in the monitoring and management of glaucoma.