This week is World Glaucoma Week. Glaucoma is an insidious condition that affects the optic nerve of the eye - the wiring that carries information from the eye to the brain. ~10% of people over the age of 70 will have glaucoma and up to half do not even know they have it, as sight-loss is only noticeable in the later stages of the condition.
Fortunately early diagnosis and treatment can avoid blindess in 98% of people with glaucoma. Bay Eye Care uses cutting edge equipment such as OCT optic nerve scans that can detect damage from glaucoma earlier than a normal eye test. Our optometrist Mr Alex Petty is also the first optometrist in the Bay Of Plenty to be accredited to manage and treat glaucoma independently.
If you, or someone you know, have not been for a glaucoma review lately, especially if there is a family history of glaucoma, book in to see us for a comprehensive assessment to rule out this 'silent thief of sight'.