Glaucoma Q&A with Mr Craig Burnett

13 March 2019

Glaucoma Q&A with Mr Craig Burnett, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Spire Hull and East Riding Hospital


What ss Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an optic neuropathy with raised intraocular pressure as a risk factor. 

This basically means that the nerve that connects the eye to the brain becomes damaged (often from high pressure inside the eye) and stops working. Therefore, the nerve stops sending the messages from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world.  

Am I at risk of developing Glaucoma?

Unfortunately, Glaucoma is very common. The biggest risk factor is high pressure inside the eye. Some other risk factors include family history, age, short sighted (myopia), long sighted (hyperopia), migraine, cold hands/feet, hypotension, vascular disease, as well as others.

What are the warning signs of Glaucoma?

Glaucoma leads to loss of field of vision (often described as "tunnel vision"). Unfortunately, Glaucoma is often called "the silent thief of sight" because there are no symptoms until it is very advanced / end stage. Therefore, it is very important to have annual check ups with your own optician for screening. 

How can I prevent Glaucoma?

Have regular visits to the optician and get early treatment. People with bad outcomes often present very late to the Optician and already have very bad disease by the time they see the Ophthalmologist. Early and proper treatment means that only a few patients go blind. If left untreated, all patients would eventually lose their sight. 

How is Glaucoma treated?

The thing that we treat is the raised eye pressure; we lower the intraocular pressure. Most patients are treated with medical eye drops. There are also some laser options. Some patients may need surgery.

To make an appointment to see Mr Craig Burnett call 01482 672 412 or contact info@spirehull.com 

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