Glaucoma

Glaucoma refers to a group of diseases that can damage an eye’s optic nerve. If left untreated, glaucoma can cause vision loss and blindness.

Most people with glaucoma don’t have any symptoms, but early detection and treatment can help to prevent or stop vision loss.

What you should know about glaucoma

  • If you’re over the age of 40, or if glaucoma runs in your family, you should have your eyes examined every year by an eye care professional.
  • High blood pressure or diabetes may increase the risk of glaucoma.
  • Glaucoma symptoms include blurred or distorted vision and vision loss. However, many people with glaucoma don’t have any symptoms.
  • Glaucoma is often treated with prescription eye drops, laser surgery or microsurgery, which helps reduce the pressure in the eye.

Treatment options

We provide several options for glaucoma treatment, including:

  • Prescription eye drops
  • Glaucoma surgery
  • Laser surgery

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