Glaucoma

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Glaucoma is a condition where the pressure inside the eye is raised, and this causes damage to the optic nerve, resulting in loss of vision. There are several different types of glaucoma. The commonest type of glaucoma is called chronic simple glaucoma, and most patients with this type do not have any symptoms. This condition is usually detected on routine examination by an optician, who may measure the intra-ocular pressure, or notice a change in appearance of the optic nerve (optic disc). Chronic simple glaucoma may be treated by eye drops, laser treatment, or trabeculectomy.

Another type of glaucoma is acute angle closure glaucoma. This is very different from chronic simple glaucoma, as patients have sudden severe pain and loss of vision. Angle closure glaucoma is treated by YAG laser iridotomy.

 

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