What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma refers to optic nerve damage and is a common cause of blindness. Elevated eye pressure can block fluids from circulating normally through the eye causing nerve damage.
Is glaucoma hereditary?
Glaucoma can happen to anyone, though the risk is higher if a direct family member is affected.
What is the treatment for glaucoma?
Glaucoma can be treated largely with eye drops. The new medications have made it easier to control glaucoma and save sight. Sometimes surgery may be needed.
Is there any surgery for glaucoma?
Surgery for glaucoma is done in patients whose intra-ocular pressure is not maintained despite using eye drops. The surgery is a day-case operation and is performed by Dr MH Shahzad at Shahzad Eye Hospital.