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Facts & FAQs

 

Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide

  • Approximately 300,000 Australians have glaucoma
  • 50% of people with glaucoma in Australia are undiagnosed
  • Glaucoma can cause blindness if it is left untreated. Approximately 10% of people in Australia with glaucoma who receive proper treatment still experience significant vision loss
  • Currently there is no cure for glaucoma

Anyone can develop glaucoma

  1. In Australia, 2-3% of the total population will develop glaucoma.
  2. First degree relatives of people with glaucoma have an almost 1 in 4 chance of developing glaucoma in their own lifetime.
  3. Older people are at a higher risk and one in eight Australians over 80 will develop glaucoma.
  4. Approximately 1 out of every 10,000 babies born in Australia has glaucoma and children and young adults can develop glaucoma as well.
  5. About 1 in 200 Australians have glaucoma at age 40.

There may be no warning symptoms.

  • In the early stages of glaucoma there are virtually no symptoms or warning signs. There is usually no pain and a significant amount of peripheral or side vision can be lost before a person with glaucoma may notice.
  • The best way to protect sight from glaucoma damage is to have regular eye tests, which include an optic nerve check.
  • Early detection and adherence to treatment are vital to slow glaucoma progression.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

10 most commonly asked questions about glaucoma

It is natural to have a lot of questions when you or someone you know has been diagnosed with glaucoma, so we have compiled a list of the 10 most commonly asked questions.


 

Eye pressure (intraocular pressure)

Frequently asked questions about eye pressure (intraocular pressure).


 

Lifestyle

Frequently asked questions about lifestyle and living with glaucoma.


 

FAQ About Eye Drops

Frequently asked questions about eye drops used in the treatment of glaucoma.


 

Driving and glaucoma

Frequently asked questions about driving with glaucoma.


 

Alternative therapies

When looking at alternative and complementary therapies it is important not to disregard mainstream treatment. 


 



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