Community Glaucoma Network

Brownbills Optometrists offers a Glaucoma Clinic as part of the Community Glaucoma Network (CGN). This clinic is for patients who are suspected of having, or who have already been diagnosed with it.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a condition which can affect your sight. The most common characteristic is elevated intraocular pressure (IOP), which can damage the optic nerve and lead to vision loss if left untreated. It can affect people of all ages, but it is more common in older individuals. Risk factors for developing glaucoma include a family history of the condition, elevated IOP, certain medical conditions like diabetes, and certain ethnic backgrounds, such as African, Hispanic, and Asian descent.

Detecting Glaucoma

Early detection and treatment is crucial to prevent vision loss. Treatment aims to control the condition and minimise further damage, and options may include prescription eye drops, oral medications, laser therapy, or surgery, depending on the type and severity. Regular eye exams, especially for individuals with risk factors, are essential for diagnosing and managing it effectively.

What happens at a Community Glaucoma Network appointment?

You will have been referred to us for this appointment which is specifically for an assessment.

We will need to dilate your eyes during the appointment, please be aware that this will mean your vision will be temporarily blurred, and you will be unable to drive for at least 2 hours following our appointment. During your appointment, we will do a few tests, scans and measurements.

Shortly after your appointment you will get an email or letter in the post explaining your results.