Glaucoma is a term used to describe a group of conditions in which the eye pressure is high, leading to damage to the optic nerve (the nerve that connects our eye to the brain). This can lead to permanent damage to the field of vision, which in severe cases can cause tunnel vision and blindness. Even in less severe forms, glaucoma can interfere with independent living and can affect our ability to drive.
Treatment for glaucoma typically requires long term eye drops or surgery to control the eye pressure.
Fortunately, there are now gentle laser treatments that can be performed to prevent and treat the condition. For many, this can mean freedom from long-term eye drops and no need for invasive surgery.