What is glaucoma?

In glaucoma the pressure in the eye is too high for that particular eye. And it could be an acute condition where you get a massive rise in pressure in the eye and then the eye is very painful and that’s potentially a sight-threatening condition. It’s actually pretty rare.

The other sort is chronic glaucoma, where the pressure rises gradually. But it doesn’t hurt. There are no symptoms and that’s the real risk because patient’s don’t know they’ve got it and just gradually lose their field of vision. Learn more about glaucoma treatment.

More about Paul Rosen

Paul Rosen is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at The Grange Eye Consultants. His special expertise is in laser eye surgery, cataract surgery, and the treatment of Age-related Macular Degeneration, glaucoma, and retinal diseases. He has over 20 years experience in treating people with eye problems. Paul is invited to lecture on cataract and refractive surgery both nationally and internationally. He leads clinical trials investigating novel eye treatments. Paul has served as the President of the UK and Ireland Society of Refractive Surgeons and is currently the President of the European Society of Corneal and Refractive Surgery. More recently I’d been appointed as a member of the NICE Cataract Guidelines Committee and also on the Refractive Surgery Subcommittee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.