Glaucoma – the silent thief of sight.
The most common type develops gradually and painlessly without symptoms in the early stages. Severe loss of peripheral vision may occur before the sufferer realises there is a problem.
A rarer type occurs more rapidly. Its symptoms may include blurred vision, loss of side vision, seeing coloured rings around lights and pain or redness in the eyes. It most often occurs in people over the age of 40. People at higher risk of developing glaucoma include those with a family history of Glaucoma, and those very near sighted or diabetic.
This condition is usually only detected in the course of an eye examination. Regular eye examinations are important for the detection and management of Glaucoma.
In recent times we have invested heavily in the latest technology to aid in the diagnosis and management of this condition. We utilise a technology called OCT. This is like an MRI scanner in that it builds a picture of the eye, however it uses light to do this. Our machine is called the Heidelberg Spectralis.
Our optometrists have undergone extra training and are looking to work more closely with ophthalmology in the management of glaucoma in Hamilton and the Waikato. Our Optometrist, Jagrut Lallu is the first optometrist in Hamilton to have received board accreditation for glaucoma medication prescribing. He is looking forward to learning more about this condition with our ophthalmology colleagues.
If you have a family member with the condition remember to take a look at our article on RISK FACTORS and make sure you have a regular eye test every two years.
For more information, visit www.glaucoma.org.nz/About-Glaucoma/default.asp