Most patients who have the common type of glaucoma have no symptoms at all. The condition is normally suspected at a routine optician’s (optometrist’s) visit. The patient may have had a high pressure in their eye, they may have failed a field of vision test, or the optic nerve may look damaged from the condition.
The eye examination which Mr. Joseph undertakes, includes:
- Slit lamp examination including examination of the optic nerves
- Measurement of the eye pressure
- Measurement of the corneal thickness
- Measurement of the optic nerves and nerve fibre layers using GDx nerve fibre analysis or OCT scanning
- Visual field testing
Treatment of glaucoma has generally involved eye drops but Spire Bushey Hospital has recently acquired a new laser known as an SLT (Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty), which may avoid the need for regular eye drops.