Glaucoma Awareness Week

Glaucoma Awareness Week 2018

Glaucoma Awareness Week 2018

Glaucoma Awareness Week campaign aims to find 150,000 Aussies who are unaware they have glaucoma.

Despite being the world’s leading cause of irreversible blindness, more than 10 million Aussies do not automatically think to have a simple eye exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist which can save their sight. This means they are potentially suffering preventable but irreversible blindness.

More than 300,000 Australians have glaucoma, yet only 50% have been diagnosed, typically because they lack noticeable symptoms and haven’t had a simple eye exam.

Anyone may develop glaucoma, but the incidence increases with age.  About 1 in 10,000 babies are born with glaucoma, by age 40, about 1 in 200 have glaucoma, rising to 1 in 8 at age 80. Overall the incidence in Australia is about 2.3% of the population.

During World Glaucoma Week, 11 – 17 March 2018, Glaucoma Australia is encouraging relatives of those with glaucoma to have a comprehensive eye exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist from age 40 and every 2 years ongoing.

LPI Glaucoma treatment – Laser Peripheral Iridotomy

What types of conditions will benefit from Laser Peripheral Iridotomy?

Glaucoma is an eye disease which can damage the optic nerve. It typically occurs in people over the age of 60 and those with a family history. LPI Glaucoma treatment is performed in cases of “angle closure”. The eye “angle” is the are where fluid drainage channels are located, and if closed, and attack of acute angle closure glaucoma (extreme rise in eye pressure) can occur. LPI creates a hole in the iris in order to re-open or prevent angle closure and therefore minimise any damage to the eye as a result of the acute pressure rise in the eye.

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SLT Glaucoma treatment – Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty

What types of conditions will benefit from Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty?

Glaucoma is an eye disease which can damage the optic nerve. It typically occurs in people over the age of 60 and those with a family history. SLT Glaucoma treatment is an option for lowering the pressure in the eye to treat open angle glaucoma. SLT Glaucoma treatment uses short pulses of light to target melanin-containing cells in the trabecular meshwork (the tiny channelsin your eye which fluid flows through). The aim of the laser is to help fluid drain through these channels, lowering intraocular pressure.

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Trabeculectomy

What types of conditions will benefit from Trabeculectomy?

Trabeculectomy is a surgical procedure used in the treatment of Glaucoma.

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