Glaucoma Diagnosis & Monitoring

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is the condition when the pressure in the eye causes damage to the main nerve to the eye (the optic nerve) where it leaves the eye. As it becomes damaged, the nerve transmits signals about what is being seen to the brain, and as a result, vision is lost. As a result, one develops misty vision with eventual loss of central vision, although this only occurs in rare cases.
A detailed close-up diagram by Dr. Maeve O'Doherty highlighting the anatomical structure of a human eye, including the cornea, iris, and optic nerve, with realistic skin texture and

How do we treat Glaucoma?

Glaucoma treatment aims to diagnose the condition early, and with regular drops or surgery (including laser) the vast majority of people remain able to see for the rest of their lives. It is imperative to be checked by your optician regularly to ensure you don’t have glaucoma. Once your vision has been lost to glaucoma, it cannot be recovered.   There are four main types of glaucoma:
  • primary open-angle glaucoma
  • primary angle closure glaucoma
  • secondary glaucoma
  • developmental glaucoma

Healthy Eye

Graphic showing the anatomy of a healthy eye

Eye with Glaucoma

Graphic showing the anatomy of an eye with Glaucoma