This ‘silent thief of sight’ usually develops gradually and without painful symptoms, so it’s hard to diagnose in the early stages. Sufferers may experience severe loss of peripheral vision before even realising there is a problem.
Another, rarer type of glaucoma occurs more rapidly, with symptoms that can include blurred vision, loss of side vision, seeing coloured rings around lights, and pain or redness in the eyes. This often presents in those over the age of 40. Other risk factors for glaucoma are family histories of the disease, diabetes and near-sightedness.
Early detection is very important!
Glaucoma cannot be prevented, but it can be controlled if caught early. Regular eye examinations are the best way to detect and manage glaucoma. The experienced optometrists at Visique Rose Optometrists have the skills and equipment to diagnose and treat this nasty eye disease. They have undergone extra training and aim to work more closely ophthalmology in the management of glaucoma in Hamilton and the Waikato region.
That’s not all that makes us a great option for any glaucoma-related care, either—one of our optometrists, Jagrut Lallu, is the first optometrist in Hamilton to have received board accreditation for glaucoma medication prescribing. He plans to learn more about this condition with our ophthalmology colleagues.
For more information, read our blog about glaucoma risk factors or take a look at the Glaucoma NZ website.