How do I know if I have glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a slowly developing condition with no warning symptoms. It is called the ‘Silent thief of sight” because people can go blind without realizing it. The only way to detect early glaucoma is to be tested by your eye specialist or optometrist. The current Australia NHMRC guidelines recommend a regular eye health check for Caucasians over the age of 50 years and for African-descended people over the age of 40 years.
In the more common forms of glaucoma there is increased pressure in the eye which presses on the optic nerve and causes a gradual loss of your side vision.