Glaucoma is when the optic nerve at the back of the eye is slowly and permanently destroyed, starting with the side (peripheral) vision. This damage is irreversible, but early detection means we can usually control or stop the progression of vision loss. Glaucoma can occur at any age, although it is more common in old age. Those with a family history of glaucoma, who have diabetes, migraine, high eye pressure, previous eye trauma, high or low blood pressure, prolonged use of cortisone drugs (steroids), or highly short-sighted are at greater risk, but anyone can get glaucoma.
Illustration of an eyeball in a healthy state and in glaucoma.
Approximately 300,000 Australians have glaucoma. Generally there are no symptoms, and you cannot detect it yourself. For most people, it is recommended to have a routine eye check-up from the age of 40, earlier if you fall into the higher risk group. Your eye care practitioner is trained to detect the early changes of diseases like glaucoma.
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