March 22nd 2023

Graeme Rogers Advises on Potential Glaucoma

An reader is concerned about the beginnings of potential glaucoma after their pharmacist suggested further checks. They’ve asked Mr Graeme Rogers for his advice. Mr Graeme Rogers is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon here at Beacon Hospital. One of Mr Rogers specialities is glaucoma.

Glaucoma is the most common group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve at the back of the eye. Treatment for glaucoma from an ophthalmologist is necessary to stop these changes and preserve the vision.

Firstly, Mr Rogers stresses that everyone should get regular eye tests from an eyecare practitioner. Once over 50, these eye tests should be every two years. The majority of glaucoma cases do not have symptoms so regular tests are essential.

For this reader in particular, the first step is to visit their local optometrist who will perform an eye test. This would include looking at the optic nerve, an OCT test and the usual refraction (which examines the need for glasses). Optometrists are skilled in identifying any risks or changes to the eye. If these tests are normal, there may be no need to visit an ophthalmologist.

Mr Rogers also details potential treatment plans for glaucoma, and the importance of fast action. In the case of glaucoma, early treatment may halt of slow the condition so that no vision loss is ever noticed.

If you are concerned about any health issues, don’t delay. Get it checked. have been putting readers’ questions to our experts. Read Mr Roger’s full article here.