Glaucoma Clinic

This clinic manages patients with raised intraocular pressures (eye pressures) which can cause irreversible damage to the optic nerve if not controlled.There are different types of treatment and management plans that can be employed. Intraocular pressure is measured using a tonometer. This process can be invasive, where the eye is in contact with the machine, or non – invasive where the eye does not come into contact with the machine. Treatment includes: Medication, Surgical Procedures and Laser.

Other diagnostic tests for Glaucoma include: Visual Field Testing, Pachymetry, Gonioscopy and Fundus Imaging to assess the health of the optic nerve.

The goal of glaucoma treatment is to maintain the intraocular pressure avoiding further extensive damage to the optic nerve of the eye. Different types of glaucoma have different treatment plans.

Treatment and Management Services

  •  Medication: Some types of glaucoma are managed with the use of medication.
  •  Surgical Procedures: Trabeculectomy is a procedure used in the treatment of glaucoma to relieve intraocular pressure by removing part of the eye's trabecular meshwork and adjacent structures. It is the most common glaucoma surgery performed and allows drainage of aqueous humor from within the eye to underneath the conjunctiva where it is absorbed.
  •  Laser: Several laser therapies are used in the treatment and management of glaucoma.

Due to the nature of this condition, vision once lost is difficult to regain and recover. Spectacles are prescribed to improve vision where possible but in cases where spectacle correction does not make any difference, low vision aids and rehabilitation services are provided.

Glaucoma, the leading cause of global irreversible damage is a genetic condition. It is therefore strongly advised to have all family members examined and assessed at an early stage to prevent any extensive damage to the eye leading to any loss of vision.

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