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Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve and can, if left untreated, cause vision impairment and even blindness. Glaucoma is asymptomatic (meaning it occurs without noticeable symptoms appearing). It can often go undiagnosed without proper check-ups and can get worse over time. Although the development of glaucoma is not completely understood, we do know that it damages the nerve fibers in the optic nerve and in the retina, limiting a person’s field of view and quality of vision.
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Glaucoma can only be diagnosed during an eye examination, which is why it is important to schedule regular check-ups with your eye doctor. Get ready for your next visit with helpful information about what to expect and how to prepare for a discussion with your eye care professional.
A glaucoma exam provides important information to you and your eye care professional regarding the health of your eyes. It is often part of a routine eye exam and is painless. During the exam, your eye care professional may run a series of tests:
VISUAL FIELD TEST
Determines if there is any glaucoma damage, such as vision loss or blind spots in your field of vision.
OPTIC NERVE SCAN
Allows your eye care professional to see if your optic nerve appears healthy or damaged.
EYE PRESSURE MEASURING
Measures intraocular pressure (IOP).
CORNEAL THICKNESS MEASURING
Quickly, painlessly measures the thickness of your cornea (the clear front “window” of your eye).
GONIOSCOPY OR ULTRASOUND BIOMICROSCOPY
Enables your eye care professional to see the angle of the structure inside the eye where fluid outflow begins.