Early detection and adherence to treatment are vital to slow glaucoma progression
Approximately 300,000 Australians have glaucoma, but 50% of those people are completely unaware they have a potentially blinding eye disease. Why? Generally there are no symptoms or warning signs in the early stages of glaucoma. The loss of sight is usually very gradual and a considerable amount of peripheral (side) vision may be lost before you realise there is a problem with your eye sight.
Although there is no cure for glaucoma, with early detection and effective treatment glaucoma can usually be controlled and further vision loss either prevented or slowed.
Most people with glaucoma are able to manage their condition successfully with the use of eye drops and at times, laser treatment. At the time of diagnosis the information from tests, assessments and lifestyle, along with glaucoma type provides the information which will determine initial treatment.
The Glaucoma in Perspective website has been developed by Allergan to help show you how glaucoma could affect your vision and why you might not notice any symptoms. If you or someone you know has glaucoma, click on the link below to watch a series of videos that show how glaucoma may progress over time.