Glaucoma and Visual Fields Testing

 

what is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye diseases in which the optic nerve at the back of the eye is slowly destroyed. Damage progresses very slowly and destroys vision gradually, starting with the side vision. Usually one eye covers for the other, and the person remains unaware of any problem until a majority of nerve fibres have been damaged, and a large part of vision has been destroyed.

 

As this damage is irreversible, early detection of glaucoma is vital as there are treatment methods that can slow or even stop the nerve damage, preventing or slowing vision loss.

 

 

am I at risk of glaucoma?

There are many factors that can put you at risk of glaucoma. Risk factors include but not limited age, family history of glaucoma, diabetes and high blood pressure. Also, you can have no or close to almost no risk factors but still develop glaucoma. It is crucial to have your eyes tested regularly maintain your eye health.

 

how do I get screened for glaucoma?

Firstly, a general comprehensive eye test is conducted to assess the appearance of your optic nerve, and your eye pressures are checked. A second test, called a glaucoma test or a visual field test, may be recommended by your theeyecarecompany optometrist to fully determine the health of your optic nerve.

In addition to this, at theeyecarecompany we also recommend having retinal imaging done to record the health of your optic nerve in case of any changes in the future. This high definition imaging provides an excellent baseline of your eye health to detect any subtle changes that could suggest glaucoma in the future.

Read more about Retinal Imaging

 

where can I do a glaucoma or visual field test?

All theeyecarecompany practices have the capabilities to assessing your side vision and your risk of glaucoma, as well as other aspects of your eye health an vision. Book an appointment now to see one of our experienced optometrists.

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