Glaucoma is a disease that causes irreversible damage the optic nerve of the eye, resulting in vision loss. It is often asymptomatic in the early stages, and only a comprehensive eye exam can determine if you have or are at risk for developing glaucoma.
Early detection of glaucoma is key to having a successful outcome. Your optometrist will determine if you are at risk for glaucoma during your examination and may need to order additional specialized testing. Glaucoma is a complex disease, and baseline data is needed to monitor for progression over time.
At Summerland Optometry we have advanced technology to detect glaucoma at an early stage. To monitor our patients for glaucoma we measure their eye pressures, and their corneal thickness. We also obtain a detailed optic nerve scan (OCT), and test for peripheral vision loss (Visual field). OCT nerve scans and visual field testing are necessary for the diagnosis and management of glaucoma.