Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. One half of the four million people with glaucoma in the United States are unaware of their condition. For this reason, after your initial comprehensive eye exam, additional glaucoma tests might be done. Glaucoma is damage to the optic nerve inside your eye and is not always associated with an elevated eye pressure.
The risks factors for glaucoma include family history, age, diabetes, race and nearsightedness. Damage to the optic nerve shows itself as blind spots. These blind spots typically go unnoticed. Without early detection from a glaucoma test and early treatment, glaucoma can completely destroy the optic nerve and cause blindness. At Bagan Strinden Vision, we have high tech equipment that can pick up the optic nerve changes of glaucoma up to 5 years before noticeable loss of vision. This allows for early detection and treatment.
Q: Why do I need a glaucoma test when I get my eyes checked? That puff of air always makes me flinch.
A: One accurate measurement of your eye pressure does not use a puff of air. Glaucoma is a disease without symptoms and is slowly progressive. Glaucoma needs early diagnosis and treatment to prevent blindness. It is the third leading cause of blindness and half of the people in the US with glaucoma do not know it. We have the latest technology to pick up glaucoma at its earliest stages.