Diagnosing glaucoma is not always clear cut and easy. The following are some of the tests needed to determine if you have glaucoma and need treatment to protect your vision.
- Tonometry: Tonometry measures the pressure (IOP) within your eye.
- Ophthalmoscopy: This diagnostic procedure helps the doctor examine your optic nerve for glaucoma damage.
- Visual Field Test: A visual field test that produces a map of your complete field of vision. This test will help a doctor determine whether your vision has already been affected by glaucoma.
- Pachymetry: Pachymetry is a simple, painless test to measure the thickness of your cornea (the clear front of the eye.) With this measurement, your doctor can better understand your pressure (IOP) reading and develop a treatment plan that is right for you.
Glaucoma is called the ‘silent thief of sight’ because it slowly, painlessly and without symptoms steals away your sight. It is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States, and half of the people who have glaucoma don’t even know that they have it. The only way for you to know is to have a yearly comprehensive eye exam. Make your appointment today.Reference: Glaucoma Research Foundation