Glaucoma is an eye condition in which damage to the optic nerve results in loss of peripheral vision.
It is often associated with high intraocular pressure (pressure inside the eye) and if untreated, results in blindness. With early detection and good pressure control, 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 on a regular basis.
We routinely check for glaucoma at each 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?
- We will record digital photos of your optic nerve to assess its current condition, and to use as a baseline for future comparison
- We will measure your peripheral vision using computerized visual field analysis
- We will measure nerve thickness using an OCT retinal scanner to detect any nerve damage
Please note: the glaucoma eye test requires the use of eyedrops to dilate the pupils, which may result in temporary blurry vision and light sensitivity. We advise against driving immediately at the end of these examinations, and recommend the use of sunglasses and a hat for glare protection.