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The leading cause of blindness

Did you know that macular degeneration is the leading cause of registered blindness in Australia? Click here to test yourself with the Amsler grid.
glaucomaGlaucoma is an eye disease that has many different forms, however all forms damage the optic nerve at the back of the eye. In most people this damage occurs because there is increased pressure inside the eye usually as a result of impaired circulation and drainage of eye fluid called aqueous. This disease usually causes no pain or discomfort and significant side vision can be lost without a person noticing. The risk of developing glaucoma is increases if you are over 50 years of age and if there is a family history of the disease. This disease is usually treatable with eye drops which are used everyday over a patient’s lifetime. Sometimes drops are not sufficient and surgery needs to be performed to cause pressure reduction. These surgeries include trabeculectomy, selective laser trabeculoplasty, iridotomy, molteno valve surgery and cyclodiode.