What Is a Glaucoma Test?
Glaucoma is the generalized name for a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve of the eye, preventing the eye from sending accurate visual information to the brain. Glaucoma tests are designed to test your eyes for one of the key symptoms of the disease—increased eye pressure—however only a comprehensive eye exam can reveal whether or not you have glaucoma. Increased pressure inside the eye is often a key indicator of glaucoma, though not exclusively so. At Dr. Krietlow’s, eye doctors can use a number of tests for eye pressure, but will, by default, check for signs of glaucoma as part of a detailed examination of the retina—the light sensitive area at the back of the eye responsible for processing images.
How Does Glaucoma Testing Work?
A glaucoma test is usually part of a routine eye exam. Both types of glaucoma tests measure internal pressure of the eye.
VISUAL FIELD TESTING
The Humphrey/Zeiss Visual Field Analyzer measures the point-by-point sensitivity of peripheral vision. This is important in diagnosing and monitoring glaucoma and neurological disorders that may have visual consequences. Stop by our office in Blaine for additional information about eye disease prevention, testing for Macular Degeneration and Cataract help.
Special thanks to the EyeGlass Guide for informational material that aided in the creation of this website.
Glaucoma can cause slight to severe vision loss, and is often discovered only after the disease is present—that’s why glaucoma testing is so important.