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What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that is eventually cause damage to the optic nerve. Most commonly it is caused by increase in pressure of the eyes. It causes damage by affecting the peripheral vision (side vision). Since most are unaware of the slowly progressing visual loss, it is called the thief of sight. It is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. RK Eye Centre Hospital provides complete medical treatments and services for Glaucoma surgery in Chennai with the support of advanced technology and expert doctors.

Types of Glaucoma:
1. Congenital Glaucoma
2. Acquired Glaucoma
(a) Primary
(i) Open angled
(ii) Close angled
(b) Secondary
3. Absolute Glaucoma

RKEC Advantage
We have to technology to identify and treat glaucoma early, even before it causes damage to the eyes. A comprehensive glaucoma work up would include:

Detailed slit lamp evaluation
Fundus evaluation
Goldmann applanation tonometry (GAT)
Central corneal thickness – Sonomed (USA)
Disc photography – Kowa Camera (Japan)
Automated Perimetry – Octopus (Switzerland)
Optical coherence tomography (Zeiss, Germany)

FAQ on Glaucoma

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma can be caused by hereditary factors, age related changes, gender, refractive status of the eye, injury and by so many other factors.

Can Glaucoma be prevented?

Some forms of glaucoma can be prevented. A large majority however require periodic screening to diagnose this disease and can be treated but not prevented

What are the types of Glaucoma?

Glaucoma can be broadly classified as narrow angle type or open angle type. The management of both forms of glaucoma are very different.

How is Glaucoma treated?

Your doctor may prescribe medicines in the form of eye drops, or tablets or advise an intervention like laser treatment or surgery.

How does Doctor diagnose Glaucoma?

A detailed examination of the optic nerve head and angles together with visual field analysis and imaging tools help the clinician diagnose glaucoma.

Will those with Glaucoma go blind?

Glaucoma leads to blindness only if the condition hasn’t been diagnosed or left untreated. The damage due to glaucoma is usually slow taking years to develop but some variants may have a rapidly deteriorating course.

How do I know if I have Glaucoma?

The answer is simple. You wouldn’t. Glaucoma is a relatively “asymptomatic disease” without pain, redness or decreased or blurred vision until late stages. So an early check up is paramount in diagnosing the condition.

When should I get myself tested for Glaucoma?

Glaucoma screening is generally advised for those above the age of 35 years. Also those with a family history of glaucoma must get their eyes screened for the same.



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