World Glaucoma Week 2016

8th, March 2016

Glaucoma is a condition that affects person’s sight; it is due to a build-up of pressure within the eye. The eyeball contains a fluid called aqueous humour which is constantly produced by the eye, with any excess drained though tubes.

Glaucoma is a condition that affects person’s sight; it is due to a build-up of pressure within the eye. The eyeball contains a fluid called aqueous humour which is constantly produced by the eye, with any excess drained though tubes.

Glaucoma develops when the fluid cannot drain properly and pressure builds up, known as the intraocular pressure. This pressure can damage the optic nerve (connects eye to brain) and the nerve fibres from the retina.

There are four main types of glaucoma:

  • Chronic open-angle glaucoma – this is the most common type of glaucoma and develops very slowly
  • Primary angle-closure glaucoma – this is rare and can occur slowly (chronic) or may develop rapidly (acute) with a sudden, painful build-up of pressure in the eye
  • Secondary glaucoma – this mainly occurs as a result of an eye injury or another eye condition, such as uveitis (inflammation of the middle layer of the eye)
  • Developmental glaucoma (congenital glaucoma) – a rare but sometimes serious type of glaucoma which occurs in very young children, caused by an abnormality of the eye

Glaucoma can be treated using 3 methods:

  • Eye drops
  • Laser treatment
  • Surgery

However, early diagnosis of the condition is extremely important. Any damage that has been done to the eye cannot be reversed, so catching and treating it early helps control the condition as well as minimise any future damage. 

Ophthalmalogy is the branch of medicine which deals with the diseases and surgery of the visual pathways, including the eye and surrounding areas such as the lacrimal system and eyelids. At Kingsbridge Private Hospital we pride ourselves on the fact that our Ophthalmology Department is a Centre of Excellence.

If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us via our online enquiry form.

Alternatively, email Kingsbridge Private Hospital Sligo

Or call us on 071 916 2649


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