Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness: 70 million people worldwide are affected.
GLAUCOMA Q & A
What is it?
Glaucoma is a progressive disease of the eye that causes damage to the optic nerve, which is the pathway that carries the image we see to the brain. Development over time can cause visual impairment and sometimes complete blindness.
Who is Affected?
Glaucoma can affect anyone. Certain factors increase the risk like diabetes and family history.
Early Detection – Why is this Important?
Early detection is intended to help in the prevention of vision loss as treatment can begin before potentially sight threatening damage is caused to the optic nerve. People are completely free of symptoms in the early stages of the disease and they feel deceptively healthy. This is why the gradual progression of Glaucoma is has, until today, not been noticed until a partial loss of vision has already occurred.
What can Wigram and Ware do to Help?
We know that if Glaucoma is caught as early as possible then there is a much greater chance of limiting this damage to prevent visual impairment or in extremes loss of vision. Until recently by the time Glaucoma was detected during a routine eye examination some damage would have already occurred.
We have therefore invested in a new instrument called the OPTOS Spectral OCT SLO™. This instrument reveals the early signs of Glaucoma, years before any noticeable symptoms appear and years before the traditionaly examinations that have been employed in the past. Conversely the OCT SLO™ is also clever enough to be able re assure some patients by predicting that they are 93% unlikely to get Glaucoma.
There is no guaranteed protection against Glaucoma. However, early detection may help prevent an individual suffering from the severe consequences of the disease. We would therefore encourage our clients to take advantage of our OPTOS Spectral OCT SLO™scanning system which combines industry leading spectral OCT imaging with a confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscope (SLO) in one highly advanced instrument and allows the diagnosis and tracking of changes in the most complex retinal diseases and their treatments.
With our state of the art Spectral OCT SLO™ scanner, Your macular and optic nerve health can now be also monitored. The exam is quick and painless, but will occassionally require dilation drops.