Glaucoma is a condition that causes damage to the optic nerve of the eye resulting in patchy loss of vision, starting in the periphery of the eye, which slowly gets worse over time. Fortunately, glaucoma is treatable and the deterioration in vision can be minimised using special eye drops. However early diagnosis and commencement of treatment is required to prevent significant sight loss.
One in two patients with glaucoma don’t know they have the disease. Glaucoma is a hereditary disease that is often called the ‘the thief of sight’ and left untreated can cause blindness. 50% of people with advanced glaucoma are unaware they have the disease. This is because the brain very cleverly compensates for the blind spots in your vision by filling in the gaps.
Unfortunately, this results in either ‘seeing things’ that are not really there or missing things that are. If problems with your vision arise arise due to undiagnosed glaucoma, it is likely that significant damage to your eyes has already occurred and this damage is irreversible. Once glaucoma has reached an advanced stage, it can seriously impact your daily life and make simple activities difficult or impossible.
Earlier detection of glaucoma allows for earlier treatment and a better outcome for you.
Why should I have a Spectralis 4D Eye Health check?
It is much more than your regular eye examination. Using advanced laser scanners, it looks for very early signs of glaucoma and other diseases. This technology is used on the International Space Station to check the health of astronaut’s eyes and now you can have your eye health check in exactly the same way we have invested in the same scanner.
Glaucoma generally progresses very slowly. Having the ability to scan your eyes for changes and monitor the progression of these changes over time is the key to detecting the disease in its early stages and preventing sight loss. Spectralis can measure the smallest changes to 1/1000 of a millimetre at every visit allowing us to compare past scans with current ones to look for any signs of early glaucoma or monitor a confirmed case of glaucoma. For those patients with glaucoma or a family history of glaucoma and over 40 years of age we strongly recommend an eye examination and Spectralis 4D Eye Health check.