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 eye pressure.
Corneal thickness measuring
Quickly, painlessly measures the thickness of your cornea (the clear front “window” of your eye).
Gonioscopy or anterior ultrasound imaging
Enables your eye care professional to see the angle of the structure inside the eye where fluid outflow begins which can affect your eye pressure.
Preparing For Your Eye Exam
- List any symptoms you’ve been having and include the length of time you have been experiencing each.
- List any history you may have with eye problems, such as vision changes, other eye conditions you’ve been diagnosed with, and any eye discomfort. Also list any eye problems your relatives may have.
- Write down your medical information, including other conditions such as diabetes or vascular issues you may have, and all medications and supplements you’re currently taking. Also write down any history of eye trauma.
- Write down any questions you may have for your eye care professional so you remember them. This will also help you make the most of your appointment.
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