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What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma causes irreversible vision loss due to damage to the optic nerve. The loss of sight is usually gradual and a considerable amount of peripheral (side) vision may be lost before there is an awareness of any problem. Early detection and treatment can save sight.

Who is at risk?
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What treatment is available?
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How we can help you
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Recently diagnosed

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with glaucoma you might be feeling overwhelmed and concerned for the future. Glaucoma Australia is here to provide you with free education and support to help you manage your glaucoma and preserve your eyesight.

Glaucoma management

While there is no cure, glaucoma can be effectively managed. By attending your recommended clinical appointments and following your prescribed treatment regimen, you can keep your glaucoma under control.

Living with glaucoma

Our educators are here to empower and equip you with the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence to take an active role in your glaucoma management. Patients who are more actively involved in their own eye care, demonstrate better treatment adherence leading to better health outcomes.

Your support network

Remember, you’re not on this journey alone. Glaucoma Australia works collaboratively with ophthalmologists, optometrists, pharmacists and the broader health network to help you manage your glaucoma and maintain your quality of life.

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Beryl's Story

'The thought of possibly losing my sight was too hard to accept. Having to have drops twice a day only hammered home this possibility...'

Vivian's Story

'I could not recall if my parents had suffered from glaucoma, but was told to advise my immediate family to have regular eye tests, as there is a high hereditary risk associated with the disease...'

Eli's Story

'As I know, no one is tougher and more resilient than you. I can’t stop crying and now this thing isn’t even rhyming. I don’t care, this whole thing isn’t fair...' - Kayla, Eli's mum

Margery's Story

'Two of my sisters developed glaucoma and like me, one of my daughters has now also developed the beginning of glaucoma. It seems to only affect the girls in the family!'

Jeffrey's Story

'There is a strong history of glaucoma in my family, my paternal grandfather had glaucoma, my mother had glaucoma, and both had very poor vision when they passed...'

Ruth's Story

'My 4 siblings have all been diagnosed with glaucoma now that we are all over 70. We all know the importance of good care, having watched our mother courageously cope with her blindness...'

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