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Glaucoma Testing and Treatment

What Is a Glaucoma Test?

yoga is healthy, so is glaucoma screeningGlaucoma is the generalized name for a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve of the eye, preventing the eye from sending accurate visual information to the brain. Glaucoma tests are designed to test your eyes for one of the key symptoms of the disease increased eye pressure however only a comprehensive College Station eye exam can reveal whether or not you have glaucoma. Increased pressure inside the eye is often a key indicator of glaucoma, though not exclusively so. College Station eye doctors can use a number of tests for eye pressure, but will, by default, check for signs of glaucoma as part of a detailed examination of the retina the light-sensitive area at the back of the eye responsible for processing images.

How Does Glaucoma Testing Work?

A glaucoma test is usually part of a routine College Station eye exam at TSO College Station. Both types of glaucoma tests measure the internal pressure of the eye.

One glaucoma test involves measuring what happens when a puff of air is blown across the surface of the eye. (A puff test) Another test uses a special device (in conjunction with eye-numbing drops) to touch the surface of the eye to measure eye pressure.
While increased eye pressure is a key indicator of the disease, it does not necessarily mean you have a glaucoma diagnosis. In fact, the only way to detect glaucoma is to have a detailed, comprehensive College Station eye exam that often includes dilation of the pupils.
So true glaucoma testing actually involves examining the retina and optic nerve at the back of the eye for signs of the disease.

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Glaucoma can cause slight to severe vision loss and is often discovered only after the disease is present that’s why glaucoma testing is so important.

If you have a family history of glaucoma or a family member experienced unexplained vision loss, notify your College Station eye doctor during your visit.

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