The further we move past 50, the higher our risk is for developing glaucoma. Encourage any of your friends aged over 50 to get tested, as early detection can save sight.

  • 300,000 Australians are affected by glaucoma
  • 50% of people with glaucoma don’t know they have it
  • 1 in 4 first degree relatives may develop glaucoma too

Glaucoma Australia recommends all Australians 50 years or older visit an optometrist every 2 years for a comprehensive eye exam, and if you have a family history of glaucoma or are of Asian or African descent we recommend you get your eyes checked every 2 years from the age of 40.


Get treated

We all love our treats. And just as we treat our teeth, heart and skin to regular checks, our eyes need treating too!

Treat yourself, by treating your eyes to a simple test with your optometrist today.

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Irreversible blindness

Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. If you have advanced glaucoma, your direct relatives have a 50% chance of developing glaucoma in their lifetime.

It’s recommended your direct relatives attend regular eye health checks commencing 5-10 years earlier than the age of onset for you. Saving their sight begins with you!

Did you know?

Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease and is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in Australia. While vision loss can’t be restored, early diagnosis and treatment can delay or halt the progression of the disease. That is why it’s so important to detect the problem as early as possible.


 What sort of tests are involved in diagnosing glaucoma?

We measure eye pressure but more importantly, we take detailed scans of the optic nerve as some people will develop glaucoma nerve damage even when pressures are not above average.  This helps us help detect and diagnose glaucoma as early as possible.

 My vision is always the same and my glasses script has not changed – does that mean my glaucoma is stable?

Not necessarily. Glaucoma tends to affect your side vision first. The part of your vision that glasses correct is generally your central vision, which involves the macula rather than the optic nerve.

Your glasses could still be working great and that might not prompt you to go back to your optometrist. However, that doesn’t mean the glaucoma is stable.

We still need to do extra tests every time just to make sure it’s not getting worse

How do the different methods of eye pressure tests differ? Which is the best one for glaucoma? 

We start with the non-contact version, where you feel an air puff go into your eye. If we suspect things like abnormally higher eye pressures, we measure the corneal thickness.

Do optometrists routinely check the angles of the eyes?

Yes, the most common method is using the microscope with the light on it called the slit lamp.

Can glaucoma tests detect macular degeneration?

The OCT machine, which scans through the optic nerve to check for glaucoma, can also detect macular degeneration because when we take the detailed scan, it looks at the middle part of the eye (macula) as well.

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