Glaucoma is an eye condition in which damage to the optic nerve results in the gradual loss of vision, starting with peripheral vision and moving inwards over time.
Glaucoma is often associated with high intraocular pressure (pressure inside the eye) and if untreated, results in blindness. With early detection and good pressure control, your vision can generally be maintained.
Glaucoma can be hereditary, so anyone with a family history of this condition should have regular checks. If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, a comprehensive examination is required at least every six months.
We routinely check for glaucoma in a comprehensive eye test, but if you are at risk of developing this condition we recommend the glaucoma eye test, which takes approximately 60 minutes.
What happens during the test?
- Your eyes will be assessed for their glaucoma risk factors and intraocular presures will be measured
- Digital photos of your optic nerve will be taken to assess its current condition, and to use as a baseline for future comparison
- Your peripheral vision will be assessed using computerised visual field analysis
- An OCT retinal scan will measure the thickness of your retinal nerves to detect and monitor optic nerve damage
Please note: A glaucoma eye test often requires the use of eyedrops to dilate the pupils, which may result in temporary blurry vision and light sensitivity. We advise against driving immediately after these examinations, and recommend the use of sunglasses and a hat for glare protection.