All About Glaucoma
Glaucoma is the silent thief of sight, as it is painless and symptoms appear slowly. In addition, the common "puff test" has been shown to miss the disease in one third of patients who have glaucoma. As many as 2 million South Africans are unaware of the fact that they are suffering from Glaucoma – are you one of them?
So many patients remain unaware they have the disease until it is quite advanced and left undiagnosed and untreated, glaucoma will lead to blindness. Regular eye examinations utilizing the latest technology can help you protect your vision from glaucoma - click here to view our online glaucoma simulator.
Many of you have heard of the ocular disease, glaucoma, perhaps you have a family member who has suffered with it? The statistics are more and more alarming and every single adult, or offspring of a glaucoma patient, should embark on regular and routine glaucoma screening.
We take this seriously; so much so, we have invested in the world’s newest and most accurate Glaucoma screening machine – the Zeiss Gdx polametry laser. This revolutionary new Zeiss Gdx laser exam gives our Optometrists information about your eyes that no other glaucoma test can provide.
Gone are the much hated "puff of air" into the eye, or prolonged visual field screenings. The ZEISS GDx exam is safe and comfortable and takes 3 minutes or less. The ZEISS GDx scans the retinal nerve fiber layer in the back of the eye using polarized light and measures its thickness at 36,000 points. These measurements are then mapped by computer and compared to those of healthy, glaucoma-free patients. An abnormally thin nerve fiber layer indicates that glaucoma may be present.
This significant diagnostic breakthrough has been found to provide precise, accurate information to help diagnose glaucoma earlier, and could help us start treatment before any vision loss occurs.
Before you rule yourself out, consider the following questions:
Do you have: Yes/ No
A family history of glaucoma?
African or Latino ancestry?
High eye pressure?
If you answered no to all three of the above questions, a complete eye exam is still strongly recommended if:
• You are 20–29 years old and have never had a complete eye exam
• You are 30–39 years old and it has been over 5 years since your last complete eye exam
• You are 40–64 years old and it has been over 2 years since your last complete eye exam
• You are 65 or older and it has been over a year since your last complete eye exam
Including the ZEISS GDx exam in our practice is another example of our commitment to provide the most advanced and comprehensive eyecare services. If you have any questions about your vision or the health of your eyes, please contact our practices. We are more than happy to help with any of your eyecare needs.
Losing vision means missing life, so schedule a glaucoma screening on the Zeiss Gdx Laser before glaucoma sneaks up on you.
Glaucoma - The Silent Thief of Sight