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Ocular Hypertension

woman suffering from ocular hypertensionOcular Hypertension is a condition in which a higher than average pressure is present in your eyes, without the nerve damage typical in glaucoma.

People with ocular hypertension are more at risk of developing glaucoma and therefore require regular monitoring. In some cases they may require treatment, usually in the form of eye drops to reduce the risk of developing glaucoma in the future.

Also see Glaucoma

 

As there are no symptoms with ocular hypertension it is impossible for a individual person to notice it on their own. But with a regular eye examination schedule an eye care professional can find it in routine testing.

During a regular eye exam, intraocular pressure is measured using a device called a tonometer. If elevated pressure is measured above a certain level you may be diagnosed with ocular hypertension.

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As ocular hypertension is closely linked to glaucoma there are a number of things that can increase your risk of developing ocular hypertension:

age – ocular hypertension and glaucoma becomes more likely as you get older.

ethnic origin – people of African or Afro-Caribbean origin are at increased risk of developing ocular hypertension and chronic open-angle glaucoma. People of Asian origin are at increased risk of developing acute angle-closure glaucoma and ocular hypertension

short sightedness (myopia) – people who are short-sighted are more likely to develop ocular hypertension and chronic open-angle glaucoma

family history – if you have a close relative, such as a parent, brother or sister who has glaucoma, you are at increased risk of developing the condition yourself

medical history – people with diabetes, which is a condition caused by too much glucose in the blood, may be at increased risk of developing glaucoma

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The first thing we need is to consult with you and complete an eye examination, and with nationally renowned experts in our practice you’ll find this service thorough and professional.

Your Examination may or will include:

Ocular Coherence Tomography

Our state of the art OCT takes 3D cross sectional scans of the optic nerve in the back of your eyes. This allows us to very accurately monitor your eye health, allowing us to pick up any subtle changes with your optic nerves

Gonioscopy

This specialist technique allows us to examine and monitor the drainage part of your eye, which can become blocked in glaucoma causing the pressure to rise.

Central Corneal Thickness (Pachymetry)

This is a technique using ultrasound that allows us to accurately measure the thickness of your cornea. This measurement allows us to be very accurate in determining your eye pressure and also look for signs that can put people more at risk of the disease.

Detailed Visual Field Analysis

Our Visual field testing uses the latest hospital equipment to accurately detect and monitor changes with your vision.

If there appears to be an issue that can be managed through medication then are dispensing team will be able to prescribe the right product for you. If the situation is more serious we can advise on the next steps, such as recommending you to a hospital but this is rare.

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