Pacific Eye Clinic provides treatment and eye surgery for people suffering the effects of glaucoma. Based in Southport, our clinic is equipped with all the necessary tools and facilities to handle procedures related to glaucoma treatment, including examinations, laser surgery and incisional surgery.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is an eye disease caused by internal pressure damaging the fibres in your optic nerve, causing vision loss. The increase in pressure is caused by blockages in the passages that normally allow fluid in your eyes to drain. The reason for these blockages is still not yet known, however the results can be serious.
The most common type of glaucoma
It develops gradually and painlessly, without symptoms. A rarer type occurs rapidly, and symptoms may include pain, redness in the eyes, blurred vision, loss of side vision, seeing coloured rings around lights. Glaucoma cannot be prevented but can be controlled and mitigated if detected and treated early.
Vision lost to glaucoma cannot be restored. That is why it is important to have annual eye examinations for people at risk for glaucoma. The most common timeframe is every 5 years if you are over 40 years old. At Pacific Eye Clinic, we provide comprehensive examinations to ensure the worst effects of glaucoma are prevented.
Dr. Marc Wei can diagnose and provide treatment for your glaucoma, with more than 20 years’ experience in his field. Our comprehensive examination includes a tonometry test to measure the pressure in your eyes, an examination of the inside of your eyes and optic nerves, and a visual field test to check for changes in central and side vision.
The treatment for glaucoma includes prescription eye drops and medicines to lower the pressure in your eyes. In some cases, laser treatment or surgery may be effective in reducing pressure. Micro incisional surgery (MIGS) or iStents are now available to successfully treat glaucoma with minimal side effects.
Glaucoma treatment requires the lowering of eye pressure, which can be done through eye drops, laser treatment, oral medications, or surgery.
Glaucoma is often called the silent thief of sight as it is presents as painless slow loss of vision. Less than 1% of glaucoma may be the acute angle closure type which can lead to rapid severe pain and loss of vision.
Often there are no symptoms. Only in acute ACG can result sudden eye pain, other glaucoma symptoms may include nausea and vomiting, headaches, eye tenderness, blurred vision, and seeing rings around lights.