MONITORING GLAUCOMA

Monitoring glaucoma is like sailing a large ship. Things happen slowly but are difficult to reverse. The only way to steer the ship is by lowering the intra-ocular pressure with various treatments to achieve a target pressure: our compass bearing. The only way to know this compass bearing is to check our course and direction, by monitoring the pace and extent of glaucoma damage.

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Berwick Eye and  Surgicentre

We are a modern ophthalmic practice  and have been providing the communities in the South East suburbs with specialist eye care for  over 20 years.

Berwick Surgicentre

Berwick Surgicentre is an accredited Day Surgery serving the needs of the Berwick and its surrounding suburbs. It is contracted with all health funds , operates Saturdays and has  provided modern , safe ophthalmic surgery for over 13 years

Our Services

We provide a comprehensive range of services and specialties from cataract surgery to paediatric, squint, glaucoma, ocular immunology, medical and surgical retina and neuro-ophthalmology by subspecialists recognised in their field.

 

Our People

Our dedicated staff are highly  trained to provide you with the  best care possible. We also pride ourselves in educating you fully in your medical condition to allow you to participate in your own care. We welcome your support persons and interpreters as required

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MONTORING GLAUCOMA

Glaucoma damage is irreversible and progressive.

Treating glaucoma is liking sailing a  ship.  Things move slowly but inexorable. The only way to steer the ship from sailing into the rocks ( blindness) is to lower the intra-ocular pressure to achieve a target pressure with  various combinations of medications, laser or surgery.

 

To determine the target pressure required for the individual patient one needs to take compass bearing to see in which direction the ship is heading  and how hard or lightly one needs to steer  to preserve vision ..

 

To plot these compass bearings one needs various types of monitoring. 

 

How is glaucoma detected?

Regular eye examinations by your ophthalmologist are the best way to detect glaucoma. A glaucoma screening that checks only the pressure of the eye is not sufficient to determine if you have glaucoma. The only sure way to detect glaucoma is to have a complete eye examination. During your glaucoma evaluation, your ophthalmologist will:

  Measure your intraocular pressure (tonometry)

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Inspect the drainage angle of your eye (gonioscopy)











 Evaluate whether or not there is any optic nerve damage (ophthalmoscopy)

 









Test the peripheral vision of each eye (visual field testing, or perimetry).















Photography of the optic nerve or other computerized imaging may be recommended.


















Some of these tests may not be necessary for everyone. These tests may need to be repeated on a regular basis to monitor any changes in your condition.

 

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