Glaucoma is treated by lowering the pressure in the eye. The most common treatment is eye drops that work by decreasing the pressure on the nerve and assisting the flow of fluid from the eye.
When diagnosed early, eye pressure, also referred to as intraocular pressure, can be controlled and glaucoma damage prevented.
An alternative treatment is the selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) laser eye procedure which can be carried out at our clinic.
On this page, we explain what glaucoma is, the symptoms of glaucoma, how it's treated and some frequently asked questions.
Glaucoma treatment options
Glaucoma is usually treated with eye drops that work by decreasing the pressure on the nerve and assisting the flow of the fluid from the eye. When diagnosed early eye pressure can be controlled and glaucoma damage prevented. An alternative treatment is the SLT laser eye procedure which can be done at our clinics.
Eye checks with an ophthalmologist every 2-3 years are critical. Early diagnosis can prevent blindness from glaucoma.
Eye drops are the most common treatment. These can help to decrease pressure on the affected nerve.
SLT laser procedure uses short pulses of low-energy light to lower eye pressure by improving drainage of fluid in the eye.
When should I book an eye examination?
You should book an appointment with an ophthalmologist if you have any of the following:
FAQs about Glaucoma
Glaucoma can cause irreversible blindness however most types of glaucoma progress slowly. Your ophthalmologist can advise what stage your glaucoma you have and offer treatments to help slow the disease.
Glaucoma is more common in adults aged over 40 years. Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and family history of glaucoma are also risk factors.