Glaucoma Care – What is Glaucoma?

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What is Glaucoma?

Did you know that you could have a disease threatening your vision and not even be aware of it? Glaucoma is an eye disease which can go undetected right up to the point at which your eyes have suffered permanent damage. Many improvements in glaucoma surgery and treatment have been made in recent years, however it is still vital that it is detected as soon as possible. At LondonOC we are committed to offering cutting edge glaucoma detection and treatment, including some of the most advanced glaucoma surgery in London. The first step towards protecting your eyesight is to understand this disease and how we can help you access the best treatments available.

Understanding Glaucoma

Before you agree to any treatment, it is important that you understand exactly how this disease damages your eyesight. Most glaucoma’s are the result of too much pressure in your eye, which then squeezes the optical nerve. However, there are subsets of glaucoma that can be present without any extra pressure and can be difficult to detect. While there are medical conditions and hereditary traits that can increase your chances of having glaucoma, this is a disease that can strike anybody.

Damage to the optical nerve from glaucoma eventually leads to a degradation of your eye sight and if not treated promptly, can lead to blindness. Luckily, when detected and treated early, this rarely results in any lasting damage to your vision. Because of this, it is very important that you regularly have your eyes checked by a qualified ophthalmologist.

Detecting Glaucoma

In recent years there have been advances in glaucoma detection, which means it can be treated earlier than ever. At LondonOC, we have access to some of the most advanced diagnostic tests and equipment in London. Many ophthalmologists will conduct a pressure test, but this will only detect the roughly 60% of glaucoma that is directly caused by pressure. Our highly trained London ophthalmologists cover every base in their diagnostic testing, so that we can detect problems early and give you the necessary treatment. Our team has access to the most modern diagnostic equipment on the market and will give you the best care possible. If you are in any doubt about your eyesight, or if you have not had a check-up in a while, you should consider making an appointment with LondonOC. Early detection is the key to protecting your vision!

Treatments for Glaucoma

There are three main ways to treat glaucoma, but not all are equally effective. First of all, in less severe cases eye drops can be used to effectively lower eye pressure. This option is great as it is not invasive, however it is not a permanent solution. Another option that has gained increased popularity is laser treatment, which is also a non-invasive procedure. Once again, laser surgery is not permanent, lasting on average just a few years before you need to be treated again.

At LondonOC, we like to try the less invasive options first, but often resort to the most effective treatment of all – surgery. We understand that the prospect of surgery on your eyes can be scary, however our experts feel that this is the best way to ensure a permanent fix when the less invasive procedures have failed. There are a number of options for glaucomasurgery that our expert team can offer, all conducted in our purpose built London facility, which is equipped with the most modern equipment on the market. The surgery itself utilises modern techniques with very small incisions and minimal stitches, meaning you will be back to using your eyes to their full potential as soon as possible.

If you are unfortunate enough to be among the 2% of the population that has glaucoma, do not despair. When you work with us at LondonOC, you will have access to the very best treatment and surgery in London. We are committed to giving you top level care, without long wait times for surgery and consultations. Contact our expert team today, to schedule your first check up and to receive expert advice about treating any problems that you may have with your vision.

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