Glaucoma

WHAT IS GLAUCOMA?

Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye diseases often associated with too much pressure inside one or both eye-balls.  It is a leading cause of damage to vision or blindness in people over 40 but can affect people of any age.  If glaucoma is detected early, treatment can prevent or reduce loss of vision in most paitents.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE GLAUCOMA?

A diagnosis of glaucoma is usually based on examination of the optic disc, visual-field testing and on the level of eye pressure.  We have the state-of-art latest visual field machine and OCT (Optical coherence tomography) to examine your optic nerve and monitor it.

HOW CAN GLAUCOMA TREATED?

Depends on the type and severity of glaucoma, the treatment can be from monitoring, prescribing pressure-lowering eye drops to glaucoma surgery.  We have the latest YAG laser machine to treat you on the spot if required.

Dr Alessandra Martins

 

Dr Alessandra Martins

Dr Alessandra Martins recently joined our practice and she is specialising in glaucoma.  She undertook 2 year subspecialty fellowship at the largest ophthalmic teaching hospital in Europe, Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, which has an international reputation for expertise in glaucoma management.  Comprehensive experience in glaucoma subspecialties including uveitic glaucoma, angle closure glaucoma, paediatric glaucoma and low tension glaucoma.  She has advanced surgical skills in glaucoma surgery both trabeculectomy and tube surgery including complex post operative management.

alessandra@sydneyvision.com.au