If you have glaucoma then there is a strong possibility that you also suffer from a condition known as 'dry eye'. Dry eye affects 50 to 60 per cent of people with glaucoma. If you suffer from dry eye syndrome, you will know how debilitating dry eye can be and the impact that it can have on quality of life. It affects one in three people over the age of 65. Surprisingly many people do not know that they have the condition.

Dry eye syndrome, or dry eye disease, is a common condition that occurs when the eyes don't make enough tears, or the tears evaporate too quickly. This leads to the eyes drying out and becoming red, swollen and irritated. Dry eye syndrome is also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca.

More research is needed so that we can understand the relationship between glaucoma and dry eye syndrome and develop effective treatments for both conditions.

  • Glaucoma is an eye disease that is often associated with elevated intraocular pressure, in which damage to the optic nerve in the eye can lead to loss of vision and even blindness.
  • Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world.
  • Glaucoma usually causes no symptoms early in its course, at which time it can only be diagnosed by regular eye examinations. That is why Glaucoma is often called 'the silent thief of sight'.

Glaucoma Risk Factors

  • Age over 40 years
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • Black racial ancestry
  • Diabetes
  • History of elevated intraocular pressure
  • Decrease in corneal thickness and rigidity
  • Nearsightedness (high degree of myopia), which is the inability to see distant objects clearly
  • History of injury to the eye

If you, or any of your family members, are in any of these risk categories then you should visit your local optician for an eye test. Don't put it off. Do it today!

Only through research can we develop better treatments for glaucoma. Please make a donation to our Glaucoma Research appeal and help us bring forward the day when we can reverse the effects of this debilitating eye disease.