About glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can result in progressive vision loss due to the increased intraocular pressure and subsequent optic nerve damage. It is a relatively common form of eye disease that can run in families and, if untreated, can result in progressive side or peripheral vision loss and blindness.

It is also more common in people over 40 years and in people of certain ethnicities. There is no pain or discomfort associated with most glaucoma.

Symptoms include:

  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Find it difficult to adjust to low light

With early detection and treatment, you can protect your eyes against serious vision loss in most cases.


A comprehensive dilated eye exam can reveal more risk factors, such as high eye pressure, thinness of the cornea, and abnormal optic nerve anatomy.

Once the diagnosis is made, treatment will start, and the glaucoma will need to be monitored regularly over time, for life.

The are a number of ways to treat glaucoma including laser treatment, medication and surgery. 

Glaucoma surgery is usually performed as day surgery by one of our leading ophthalmologists.  They use the latest surgical techniques.

Further information

Glaucoma (AAO web) »


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