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Treatment

Glaucoma is a common eye condition where the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain, becomes damaged.

Symptoms of glaucoma can include blurred vision or seeing rainbow-coloured circles around bright lights. Both eyes are usually affected.

Treatment for glaucoma will depend on your symptoms. It can include eye drops, laser treatment and surgery.

Your age, ethnicity, family history and some medical conditions can increase your chances of getting glaucoma.

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of glaucoma can include blurred vision or seeing rainbow-coloured circles around bright lights. Both eyes are usually affected.

Symptoms of glaucoma

Glaucoma does not usually cause any symptoms to begin with.

It tends to develop slowly over many years and affects the edges of your vision (peripheral vision) first.

For this reason, many people do not realise they have glaucoma, and it's often only picked up during a routine eye test.

If you do notice any symptoms, they might include blurred vision, or seeing rainbow-coloured circles around bright lights.

Both eyes are usually affected, although it may be worse in 1 eye.

Very occasionally, glaucoma can develop suddenly and cause:

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Treatment for glaucoma will depend on your symptoms. It can include eye drops, laser treatment and surgery.

Medical treatments

It's not possible to reverse any loss of vision that occurred before glaucoma was diagnosed, but treatment can help stop your vision getting worse.

The treatment recommended for you will depend on the type of glaucoma you have, but the options are:

  • eye drops – to reduce the pressure in your eyes
  • laser treatment – to open up the blocked drainage tubes or reduce the production of fluid in your eyes
  • surgery – to improve the drainage of fluid

You'll also probably need regular appointments to monitor your condition and check the treatment is working.

Read more on the NHS website.

Your age, ethnicity, family history and some medical conditions can increase your chances of getting glaucoma.

Read more on the NHS website.