Do you have Glaucoma?

Approximately 50% of people with Glaucoma do not know they have it.

DO YOU THINK GLAUCOMA IS HAVING HIGH EYE PRESSURE?

Latest research reveals that Glaucoma is much more than just having high IOP . (Intraocular Pressure). You can have high pressure and NOT have Glaucoma. Additionally, you can have normal pressure and suffer from Glaucoma (Low Tension Glaucoma)

 

HOW CAN I TELL IF I HAVE GLAUCOMA?

The gold standard is careful 3D Optic nerve head analysis by an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist, preferably using digital photography. This is essential in the analysis of Glaucoma. In addition, measurement of corneal thickness by ultrasound or other means, visual field analysis, and assessment of the nerve fibre layer of the eye is as important as measurement of IOP. The latest Humphrey field tests include GPA (Glaucoma Progression Analysis), which statistically detects if the field of vision is changing, over repeated field analysis. This is not available with cheaper field machines. If your last Optometrist just measured pressure, this does not give the full picture.

 

WHY CORNEAL THICKNESS?

The largest Ocular Hypertension Study (High eye pressure) showed that a person at risk of glaucoma is 20 TIMES MORE LIKELY to develop glaucoma if they have a thin cornea than if they have a thick cornea. We now use a Glaucoma risk assessment calculator from this research which calculates the % risk of Ocular hypertension turning into Glaucoma.

 

WE OFFER COMPREHENSIVE GLAUCOMA ASSESSMENT:

• 3D OPTIC NERVE HEAD PHOTOGRAPHY

• DIGITAL RETINAL IMAGING, Including Nerve fibre layer analysis

• ULTRASOUND CORNEAL THICKNESS measurement

• HUMPHREY FIELD TESTS WITH GLAUCOMA PROGRESION ANALYSIS

• IOP MEASUREMENT

• OHTS GLAUCOMA RISK ASSESSMENT

 

We have all this gold standard technology located at our Eyes & Vision practice. Everyone should be concerned about glaucoma as it can affect anyone. People especially at risk are those over the age of 50, or who have a family history of glaucoma or diabetes, suffer from migraines, have high blood pressure or are short sighted. Early detection and treatment of glaucoma are the only way to prevent vision loss and blindness. Please look after your eyes. An eye examination every two years, or more frequently if advised, will keep your eyes at their best for the future.

 

Mark Wojt BOptom (Hons) M Optom