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What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye conditions where the optic nerve is damaged due to increased pressure within the eye. The optic nerve carries images from the retina, the light sensitive membrane attached to the inner surface of the eye, to the brain. Regular eye tests are important. According to the RNIB, glaucoma affects one percent of people over 40 and five percent of people over 65. The risk of glaucoma increases with age and if left untreated it can cause blindness.

What are the symptoms of Glaucoma?
Chronic glaucoma often has no symptoms and the eye may seem normal. This isn't painful and at first your vision may be unaffected.

What can I expect to happen?
Although damage caused by glaucoma cannot be repaired, with early diagnosis, regular observation, and treatment, this can usually be kept to a minimum. At Caskie Opticians we have the latest equipment to diagnose and monitor glaucoma.

The eye test is important for the detection of many eye diseases. If you are over 40 and have a family history of glaucoma, you should have an eye test every 12 months.