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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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Bob Corben
Connie Liu
Johnathan Hearn
Bob's Story

'I find glaucoma is one of the most frightening diseases I could ever know about – but it’s not going to win in my case, I’m very positive about the way I’m facing it and the way it’s being treated by the best people I know. I have a great specialist who I visit every three months...'

Connie's Story

'When I was diagnosed with glaucoma I was scared and confused. I didn't know what it was, and I didn't know if it was something that I had done to cause glaucoma. Now I know better...'

Johnathan's Story

'I was born with Glaucoma. It certainly affects young people so don’t wait until you’re 40 or 50 so go and get a regular check...'

Megan's Story

'My mother had glaucoma, her mother had glaucoma and my great grandmother had glaucoma...'

Sarah's Story

'Knowing that my grandmother, mother and aunt all have glaucoma I am very aware that I'm at risk too and I have regular eye exams...'

Lyndal's Story

'A lot of people aren’t even aware that glaucoma exists so they don't realise that they need to go and get their eye pressure checked regularly...'

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