Glaucoma Testing With Our Optometrist In Manchester
At Prudhomme Vision, our optometrist staff is committed to helping you and your loved ones avoid many common eye diseases, or at the very least manage them properly so you can maintain maximal vision and a high quality of life. Glaucoma is one of the leading diagnoses that Dr. Jeremy Prudhomme, an optometrist in Manchester, regularly sees at his optometry clinic, alongside the rest of his team. Read on to learn more about how our staff can screen for this eye health condition and how we help people every day living with this disease.
Types Of Glaucoma Screening & Testing
Glaucoma is a type of disease that causes progressive vision loss due to damage to the optic nerve (which transmits visual information from your eyes to the visual cortex brain). In most cases, glaucoma is associated with an increase in internal eye pressure. Certain people are more at risk of developing glaucoma, including people of African American or Hispanic descent, people with severe nearsightedness, people who smoke, and people who have certain underlying health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.
Glaucoma is often called the “sneak thief of sight” because symptoms may not develop until long after optic nerve damage has already begun to develop. For this reason, it’s extremely important to see an eye doctor regularly for glaucoma screening.
During a glaucoma screening, your optometrist may use one or several common tests (that assess both the internal and external aspects of your eyes), including:
- Tonometry: measures the pressure inside your eyes
- Ophthalmoscopy: evaluates the shape, color, and quality of your optic nerves
- Perimetry: measures your complete field of vision
- Pachymetry: measures the thickness of your cornea (the clear dome shape on the front of your eye)
- Gonioscopy: measures the angle at which your colored iris meets your cornea (abnormalities of which can lead to glaucoma)
How often should you be checked for glaucoma?
You should schedule a comprehensive glaucoma screening every 2 to 4 years if you’re younger than 40, every 1 to 3 years if you’re between the ages of 40 and 54, every 1 to 2 years if you’re between the ages of 55 and 64, and every 6 to 12 months if you’re 65 and older. Equally, if you have known risk factors, you should be tested every 1 to 2 years after the age of 35.
Our Optometrist In Manchester Offers Comprehensive Glaucoma Treatment
If our optometrist in Manchester diagnoses you with glaucoma on a screening test, then treatment can be initiated as soon as possible in order to minimize future vision loss. Though not curable, this disease is manageable through several therapeutic techniques, including:
Schedule an appointment today with an optometrist in Manchester by calling Prudhomme Vision at (860) 644-3364.