Eye Health

Glaucoma

Glaucoma involves damage to the optic nerve in the eye and can result in blindness. Find out how to get a glaucoma test and learn more about treatment options here.

Glaucoma: course and prognosis

Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) is a chronic, lifelong condition. If left untreated, it leads to a gradual, progressive loss of vision.

Symptoms of glaucoma

Vision only typically declines in the late stages. In the meantime, gradual, painless damage could be affecting both eyes.

How common is glaucoma?

Worldwide, glaucoma is the second highest cause of blindness after cataracts, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Treating glaucoma

The appropriate course of therapy will take into account different factors unique to each person.

Diagnosing glaucoma

Early detection is essential to preserve your eye-sight and diagnosis is the first step

What is glaucoma?

Despite how common glaucoma is, many people do not know what it is, let alone know the signs of this silent but dangerous condition.

Risk factors for glaucoma

Researchers say they've pinpointed a number of factors that may be key to the progression of the eye disease glaucoma.

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Megan Goodman qualified as an optometrist from the University of Johannesburg. She has recently completed a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology at Stellenbosch University. She has a keen interest in ocular pathology and evidence based medicine as well as contact lenses.

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