Our optometrist has a professional certificate in glaucoma.
By gaining this qualification our optometrist has obtained background knowledge and understanding about the pathogenesis and detection of glaucoma at an advanced level, and the practical skills needed to provide a consistent approach to glaucoma detection in primary care.
Glaucoma is an eye condition where the optic nerve, which connects your eye to your brain, becomes damaged. It can lead to loss of vision if not detected and treated early on. It usually occurs when the fluid in the eye cannot drain properly, which increases the pressure inside the eye and puts pressure on the optic nerve. Glaucoma is a common condition, but many people won’t realise they have it because it doesn’t always cause symptoms in the early stages.
You are more likely to develop glaucoma if you have a parent or sibling with the condition, so regular eye exams are recommended.
If you do have a family history of glaucoma and you are over the age of 40, your eye exams are covered under the NHS.