Glaucoma

Glaucoma

  • Caused by pressure increase inside the eye damaging the optic nerve
  • Leads to blind spots in peripheral vision
  • Visual fields tests and tonometry can help diagnose glaucoma
  • Two types: Chronic and Acute
  • Chronic glaucoma is more common
  • Treated using eye drops to reduce eye pressure

More in-depth information written in plain English can be found on the College of Optometrists’ website: http://lookafteryoureyes.org/eye-conditions/glaucoma

Additional information is provided by the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB): http://www.rnib.org.uk/eye-health/glaucoma-guide

If you’re a driver who has been diagnosed with glaucoma in one or both eyes you need to tell the DVLA. By making them aware of any medical condition(s) that affect your driving, you’re avoiding prosecution should you have an accident. Find out more on the DVLA website: https://www.gov.uk/glaucoma-and-driving

https://www.gov.uk/browse/driving/disability-health-condition

The International Glaucoma Association is the charity for people with glaucoma. They provide free support and advice for people with glaucoma and their loved ones: http://www.glaucoma-association.com