Whenever you have an eye examination, the optometrist is always looking for signs of glaucoma. Having regular eye examinations should mean that glaucoma can be detected at an early stage before significant optic nerve damage has occurred.
Measuring your level of vision
• Measuring the eye pressure
• Examining the optic nerve for signs of glaucoma damage
• Examining the eye for signs that may predispose you to developing glaucoma
• Measuring the visual field for signs of early vision loss
• Optic nerve head photography to help detect subtle changes over time
• Measuring corneal thickness as thin corneas are associated with higher risk of glaucoma
The optometrist will look at the results of these tests and consider any other predisposing factors such as family history to judge whether you may be developing glaucoma.
Your GP will not be able to tell you if you have glaucoma.