Kosmac & Clemens Optometrists can assist in the early detection and management of glaucoma in patients of all ages. Once diagnosed, glaucoma treatment can begin, which may be able to delay or prevent further vision loss.
If you are concerned about changes in your vision or you require assistance with glaucoma in Bendigo or throughout Central Victoria, make an appointment at one of our local practices today.
What Is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma refers to a series of eye conditions that affect the optic nerve and lead to vision loss and, if left untreated, blindness. It is usually marked by a build-up of fluid pressure in the eye, except in the case of Normal Pressure Glaucoma, where optic nerve damage is detected without a change in eye pressure.
As well as Normal Pressure Glaucoma, there are several other types of glaucoma:
Open Angle Glaucoma – the most common form of glaucoma
Angle Closure Glaucoma (acute or chronic) – rare, but requires immediate medical attention
Secondary Glaucoma – develops due to inflammation, injury, or surgery
The symptoms of Angle Closure Glaucoma may include blurred vision, nausea, eye pain, and the presence of bright lights in your vision. In acute cases, these symptoms can develop quickly and will require immediate treatment to prevent complete vision loss.
However, most cases of glaucoma are painless and come with little to no symptoms aside from gradual vision loss. This is why it is important to have regular eye tests with a qualified and professional optometrist.
Glaucoma Diagnosis and Treatment
At Kosmac & Clemens Optometrists, we can identify the early signs of glaucoma even before you notice them yourself, allowing treatment to begin as early as possible. Our team can monitor your eye pressure and your field of vision, and refer you for further treatment with an ophthalmologist if required.
While glaucoma cannot be reversed, further vision loss can be slowed or prevented with eye drops, medicines, and in some cases, surgery.
For assistance with all your eye care needs, visit your nearest Kosmac & Clemens Optometrists team today. Contact us for diagnosis and management of glaucoma in Bendigo, Castlemaine, Kyneton, Maryborough, and Woodend.