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Glaucoma

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve (the nerve at the back of the eye) which causes loss of peripheral vision. This can lead to tunnel vision and later complete blindness, if not treated early.


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What causes glaucoma?

There are many causes and different types of glaucoma. The most common form is caused by raised pressure inside the eye. This may be genetic, but can also occur in people who do not have a family history of the disease. Glaucoma can also occur after an eye injury or inflammation in the eye.


Who should be screened for glaucoma?

Unfortunately, glaucoma can cause loss of vision over years before it is discovered. If discovered too late, the loss of vision cannot be reversed. However, if detected early, vision loss may be prevented completely. When you go for an eye test (at an optometrist) your eye pressure will be measured to screen for glaucoma.

If abnormalities are detected, you will be referred to an ophthalmologist (eye specialist) where further tests will be performed to see if you require treatment. Persons over 40 years of age, or those who have someone in the family with glaucoma, should be screened for glaucoma as it is not possible to know if you have glaucoma before irreversible visual loss has occurred.


What are the symptoms of glaucoma?

Patients with glaucoma may experience a gradual narrowing of their peripheral vision - this loss of eyesight is also called "tunnel vision".


How can glaucoma be treated?

Glaucoma can now be treated with specially developed eye drops. These drops, used in the eyes daily, lower the pressure in the eyes and can improve blood flow to the optic nerve.

If glaucoma is severe or pressure very high, there are various operations that can be performed to treat glaucoma. One option is the implantation of a microscopic valve made from titanium which regulates the pressure in the eye.

For certain types of glaucoma LASER treatment may be performed.

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More than half a century's worth of combined practice, professionalism, and utmost dedication to their fields of expertise assure patients that they're in the hands of experienced ophthalmologists.

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The George Surgical Centre, established in 2012, is a world-class day hospital dedicated to modern Eye Surgery. Other procedures such as Cosmetic Surgery, is also performed here. Easy access via George Airport enables service delivery to patients from other areas outside the Southern Cape.

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Garden Route Eye Clinic is equipped to perform specialist eye treatment and advanced eye surgery. We utilise only the latest methods and modern equipment to ensure that our patients receive the best possible eye treatment.

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