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    What is the difference between glaucoma and a cataract?

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    Glaucoma Australia is the peak glaucoma awareness/education/support association in Australia.It is a national, not-for-profit registered charity dedicated to providing educational services to raise awareness about … View Profile

    Glaucoma is a disease that develops in some people and affects the optic nerve (the nerve that carries information from the eye to the brain).

    A cataract forms in the lens of the eye such that it becomes cloudy and prevents clear vision.

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    Have been in private practice for 35 years and specialise in assessing eye diseases and giving professional advice regarding these conditions. With the installation of … View Profile

    Cataracts form in the lens of the eye which is situated behind the pupil.It can have diffrent forms ,some from age others from trauma ,etc,the simple answer is removal by an ophthalmologist.This procedure is quite simple now a days and you in and out of theater in 1/2 to 3/4 of an hour.
    Glaucoma is much more sinister,the disease affects the nerve head at the back of the retina,it also has many causes,generally eye drop nightly can easily control the pressure build up and the disease doesnt progress much,but it must be constantly checked by either an optometrist who has the equipment to do so or your eye doctor,today most optometists co-manage glaucoma wilth the doctor

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