Science Questions

What's glaucoma?

Sat, 14th Oct 2006

Part of the show Science of Sight, Eye Diseases and Animal Vision

Question

Ralph in Stamford asked:

What's glaucoma?

Answer

Glaucoma is another important condition of ageing. It causes a gradual loss of peripheral vision. The reason this happens is that the nerve is being gradually damaged and this usually happens because the pressure in the eye is too high. The treatment that we can give to try and prevent this from happening is treatment to lower the pressure either with drops or sometimes with operations.

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