Glaucoma assessment screening
A Glaucoma Assessment Screening usually includes a minimum of four painless tests. These are:
Test of eye pressure – this is usually a standard test done before most eye examinations
OCT Glaucoma – this test uses non-invasive light waves to take cross-section pictures
Visual Field Test- this test is used to produce a map of your field of vision to determine whether your vision has been affected by glaucoma.
Pachymetry- this is a quick and simple test to measure the thickness of your cornea
Glaucoma is commonly called “The Silent Thief” as it can suddenly and without symptoms cause irreversible vision loss or blindness by damaging the optic nerve, most times due to increased eye pressure.
Anyone can get glaucoma, however the risk increases if you are over the age of 50 or have a family history of glaucoma.
Vision is usually lost slowly over time, particularly the side/peripheral vision or vision closest to your nose. Because of this very slow loss, it can be difficult to even tell if your vision is changing.
Left untreated, glaucoma can eventually cause total blindness
Treatment & surgery
While glaucoma is a very serious disease, treatment is usually simple and generally works well.
There are three basic treatment options for glaucoma
Eye Drops - Prescription eye drops are the most common treatment option.
Laser Treatment – This is a simple procedure that your doctor can do in the office to help lower your eye pressure. It's low risk and can help augment even replace drop treatment.
Surgery- Surgery is usually recommended by your doctor if eye drops and laser treatment are ineffective.
Glaucoma Surgery involves the placement of a valve at the back of the eye to regulate intraocular eye pressure.