Optometrists are highly trained professionals who specialize in diagnosing and treating eye conditions and diseases, including glaucoma. A comprehensive eye exam is the best way to detect glaucoma, as it can cause vision loss without any warning signs or symptoms. Bryan Wolynski, OD, a board-certified optometrist with over 30 years of experience in the field, explains how optometrists test for glaucoma and why it's important to have regular eye exams. During a glaucoma test, your optometrist will use one or more tests to detect the disease. These tests can determine if the optic nerve is damaged, which can affect vision.
The optometrist may also use a sterile device against the tear film to get a pressure reading on a digital screen. Additionally, they may use a lens with a mirror to check if the angle between the iris and the cornea is open or closed. If the optometrist knows the thickness of the cornea, they can better understand the pressure inside the eyes. It's important to have regular eye exams to check for problems before vision loss occurs. After diagnosis, your optometrist can recommend a specialized treatment plan. If you have any symptoms of glaucoma or need a complete eye exam, book an appointment with your optometrist.
Glaucoma is an eye disease that can cause vision loss without warning signs or symptoms, so it's important to get regular check-ups to detect any issues before it's too late.