Glaucoma is an eye disease in which the optic nerve at the back of the eye is slowly destroyed. In most people this damage is due to an increased pressure inside the eye. In other patients the damage may be caused by poor blood supply to the vital optic nerve fibres, a weakness in the structure of the nerve, and a problem with the health of the nerve fibres themselves.
There is no warning signs and generally there is no pain associated with glaucoma. The loss of sight is gradual and a considerable amount of peripheral vision may be lost before the person becomes aware of any problem.
Driving with glaucoma
You must be able to see properly to drive safely. Drivers with poor vision in both eyes are more at risk of having a car accident than drivers with normal peripheral vision. Drivers with glaucoma have reduced peripheral vision which may prevent them from seeing cars close to them when pulling in or out of traffic or when overtaking. They may also no see pedestrians stepping onto the road.
Who is more at risk of glaucoma?
Glaucoma is more common as people age. However, it can occur at any age and some people are more at risk than others.
You are more at risk if you:
have a blood relative with glaucoma
have diabetes or blood pressure problems
are short-sighted or long-sighted
have suffered a previous eye injury
have used cortisone drugs (steroids) over an extensive period of time
suffer from migraine or poor circulation
As any damage caused by glaucoma is irreversible, early detection is important. Regular eye check ups at Eastlakes Eye Care is recommended to monitor any changes with your eye health.
At Eastlakes Eye Care all eye tests are Medicare Bulk Billed. No out of pocket expense for a comprehensive eye examination.
Eastlakes Optometrist offer on the spot health fund claiming for most health funds. Eastlakes Optometrist can help you find a smarter way to use your health fund benefits.
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