Glaucoma is the name used to describe a number of conditions in which damage occurs to nerve fibres within the eye. These nerve fibres are responsible for providing us with our vision. For the commonest type of glaucoma there are no symptoms in the early stages.
Your Optometrist at Drage and Tozer will always check for signs of glaucoma, this may include additional tests depending on the considered individual risk to each person. These additional tests may include checking the pressure of your eyes with a small puff of air and assessing your peripheral vision using a visual field screener.
It is important to bear in mind that all of these checks together with your family history are all pieces of a jigsaw in deciding whether you are at risk of glaucoma. The result of each test in taken into account. If your Optometrist advises you that they would like to repeat one of the checks or see you on a more frequent basis, do not be alarmed. A single ‘unusual’ result on it’s own does not mean you have glaucoma. Many people who are at risk of glaucoma never go on to develop it.
Early detection of glaucoma is essential in its treatment, because of this if your Optometrist finds an ‘unusual’ result on more than one occasion they may choose to refer you to a specialist for their opinion.
If you have any questions feel free to contact us on 01787 310090