Glaucoma Screening

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Glaucoma Screening in Brisbane Paves the Way to Excellent Eye Health

When you choose glaucoma screening in Brisbane, you are one step closer to obtaining and maintaining excellent eye health. Fresh Vision Optometrists is committed to addressing any eye issues that you experience with superior customer service.

Glaucoma affects 2% of the population over 40

Glaucoma is a common eye disease, affecting about 2% of the population over 40 years of age. It becomes more common in older people. It can happen in younger patient, even children, though this is rare.

Glaucoma is a disease that affects your optic nerve, which connects your eye to your brain and allows you to see. In glaucoma, the optic nerve becomes damaged and in its early to moderate stages has no symptoms that you would notice.

Eventually, it eats away at your side vision. You can lose a lot of your side vision before you notice, mostly because you have 2 eyes and the side vision of both eyes overlaps a lot.

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Symptoms of glaucoma may include:

  • Feeling that your side vision is not as good as it should be
  • Often bumping into things
  • Having trouble judging distances in your car
  • If you experience any of these symptoms, come and see us at Fresh Vision for a comprehensive eye exam.

Glaucoma Comprehensive Check

A comprehensive check for glaucoma involves looking at your optic nerve, both clinically and perhaps with a scan of your optic nerve with an OCT (if indicated), as well a check of your eye pressure. A side vision test or visual field test (automated perimetry) may also be recommended.

Every person over 40 should be screened for glaucoma every 2 years. If you have been advised that you have a higher risk or have a family member with glaucoma you should be screen more regularly as advised by your optometrist.

Solutions for Glaucoma Screening in Brisbane

You will be able to work out a plan to proceed after your first screening is complete. Learn the next steps that you can take with your optometrist to slow the advancement of glaucoma.

  • Eye drops offer an excellent first step for glaucoma treatment because the drops help manage the pressure in your eyes. They cause your eyes to drain fluid, which alleviates pressure, and restrict the production of fluid, which is causing the pressure to increase.
  • Your doctor may recommend using a laser to enlarge an opening in your eye to allow more fluid to drain. Another form of surgery uses the laser to create a tiny hole in the eye to help drainage occur. Both options can take place outside a hospital.
  • Traditional surgery is an option if eye drops or laser surgery don’t work. It this scenario, your doctor creates a new channel for eye fluid to drain by inserting a tiny tube.

The Importance of a Glaucoma Eye Test in Brisbane

The best treatment for glaucoma is to catch it early so that you can help to slow the progression of the disease. The diagnosis occurs when eye pressure increases and causes damage to the optic nerve at the back of your eye. If you avoid treatment, glaucoma can lead to blindness. Learn why you want to know as soon as possible if you may have glaucoma.

  • Many people suffering from glaucoma don’t realise that they have it. Consulting an optometrist for glaucoma test in Brisbane is critical to discovering whether glaucoma is affecting you. We will look at your optic nerve to see if it’s damaged and check your eye pressure. If necessary, we’ll scan your optic nerve with an OCT. Beginning treatment as soon as you have a diagnosis will help you to avoid more damage over time.
  • Glaucoma affects two percent of the population over 40 years old, but no one is immune to glaucoma. While it is more common for people over 40, babies can be born with it, and teenagers can develop it. If high pressure in the eye destroys the optic nerve, then blindness follows, which is why you want to address the diagnosis and begin treatment as early as possible.
  • You have a higher chance of developing glaucoma if you have a family history of the disease, have had trauma to your eye, or take certain steroid medications. If you take advantage of glaucoma screening in Brisbane at least once every two years, you have a better chance of slowing damage to your optic nerve by detecting the disease early.

About Fresh Vision Optometrists

Because your eye health is critical, it is essential to work with an optometrist with dependable industry experience and genuine concern for your eye health. We work with you to ensure that you access the highest-quality professional support possible. We take pride in the close relationships that we develop with our clients.

If you are experiencing glaucoma or any other eye issues, we are available to partner with you to develop optimal solutions for your needs. Connect with us to support strong eye health for years to come—contact us to address any questions.

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