Glaucoma Up-Close

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Untreated, glaucoma can cause blindness. Despite this, among the estimated 300,000 Australians living with glaucoma, only half are aware that they have the disease. This may be because the onset of glaucoma can be a gradual one. So much so, that a significant amount of side vision will be lost before the individual has even noticed they have a condition.

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Glaucoma is the name given to a range of conditions that lead to optic nerve damage. This is the nerve that transmits signals from the eye to the brain to create the image we see. If a considerable number of nerve fibres are affected, the peripheral field of vision is lost - this loss slowly creeps toward the central vision. Currently, glaucoma cannot be reversed.


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Kellyann Turvey
08 Aug 2022
Very informative
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susan miller
07 Mar 2021
A quick overview of glaucoma and just how prevalent the condition is particularly in the at risk group.
Francina Moule
24 Aug 2022
Nurse Practitioner
An interesting read, raising awareness of glaucoma and the essential differences between the 2 main types.
Kathryn Green
04 Jul 2022
Good article
Adele Hainsworth
05 Jul 2019
Very educational article and references all very current. Great refresher or learning tool. Other treatments in surgery these days is injections into the eye at the same time as cataract surgery as a preventative measure / delay of onset of glaucoma. Istents also are another treatment that is less complicated than the trabeculectomy surgery that was once common.
Aidan McDowell
11 Nov 2022
Great overview of acute glaucoma.
Rebecca Anderson
19 Jul 2022
Very informative, straight forward and helpful.
Jenni McDonald
26 Dec 2022
Great information Highly recommend
Epenesa Key
08 Jul 2022
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Shona Carswell
07 Jul 2019
It’s always valuable to be able to reinforce past learning. You never know when you have to use your knowledge .
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