What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve and is the most common cause of blindness worldwide. Often referred to as ’the thief of sight’, it is a loss of vision which tends to occur so gradually, the patient is usually unaware they’re affected until substantial vision has been lost.

Although vision already lost from glaucoma cannot be restored, there are effective treatments to preserve remaining vision.

Most people with glaucoma are diagnosed after having an abnormality noted by their optician. If your optician suspects glaucoma, ask for referral to a glaucoma consultant or contactEdinburgh Eye Surgeons directly.