The message is simple, get your eyes tested and beat ‘invisible’ Glaucoma. Are you one of the estimated 150,000 Australians that already have Glaucoma and don’t know it yet? Glaucoma is a silent eye disease, often occurring without any noticeable symptoms, affecting the optic nerves and causing permanent vision loss and blindness.

Glaucoma can affect anyone, but is more common in people over 40, and related risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, migraines, sleep apnoea, eye injuries and use of cortisone based medications. People with a direct relative who has Glaucoma are 10 times more at risk of developing it themselves.

Comprehensive eye examinations are the best way to protect against Glaucoma, as early detection is vital in preventing vision loss. If you have Glaucoma, treatment may be as simple as sight saving eye drops that control your eye pressure, but in more complicated cases surgery is also needed.

Eye tests are usually covered by Medicare, so it’s easy to protect yourself against Glaucoma, one of the leading causes of blindness in Australia.