Glaucoma is an eye condition that reduces peripheral vision by damaging the delicate nerve fibers within the eye. In severe cases this can mean total 'tunnel vision' or even complete blindness. There is no pain or blurry vision, and because it develops gradually many people with glaucoma do not realise that they have it. Regular eye checks are the only way to detect glaucoma early - have these at least every 2 years for anyone over 50 years old.

Simple eye drops, taken once a day, can minimise or even stop the glaucoma damage if detected early. There is also laser and surgical options for severe cases.

We test for glaucoma with pressure measurements (non eye puff), slit lamp biomicroscopy, retinal photography, OCT scanning and visual field assessment.

For more information visit www.glaucoma.org.au.