Glaucoma is a silent eye disease which, if left untreated, can cause blindness. It is probably one of the top reasons to have your eyes examined regularly by a quality eye doctor at Blaine Eye Clinic. Glaucoma is caused by the pressure in your eyes being too high. This pressure can cause nerve damage. Unfortunately, you cannot sense when your eye pressure is too high.
There is presently not a single test that can determine whether or not you have glaucoma. Because of this, your eye doctor will do multiple tests at your annual eye exam to check various factors related to the diagnosis of glaucoma, as early detection is very important to preserve vision. If some of these tests show abnormal results, your doctor will then schedule you for more in-depth testing. You would then be monitored more frequently, as there are no symptoms that would be noticeable to you in the early stages of glaucoma.
All glaucoma testing is painless. Many patients dread the “puff of air” test. You will be happy to know that this is no longer used. Instead, Blaine Eye Clinic uses the gold standard test which is easy, painless, and much more accurate.