Glaucoma is a disease that can affect your optic nerves and can lead to permanently impaired vision. It’s one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. Many glaucoma patients lose their peripheral vision without any symptoms, so a comprehensive eye exam is essential.
Dr. Stock provides screening for several forms of glaucoma so that any problems can be diagnosed and treatment started before any vision is lost. Occasionally, a patient has a form of glaucoma that requires urgent treatment. Dr. Stock can provide treatment to stop or slow the progression of both the acute and chronic types of glaucoma.
Glaucoma Signs That You Should Not Ignore
- Hazy eyes
- Eye redness
- Eye pain
- Dry eyes
- Appearance of outlines around light
- Tunnel vision problems
- Experiencing frequent nausea
Examination of the optic nerves after pupil dilation is the best way to evaluate your eyes for glaucoma. Analysis of the front layers (anterior segment) of your eyes, including gonioscopy, is the best way to assess for risk of sudden onset glaucoma.
We offer initial glaucoma exams at reduced prices to qualified patients under the
Goldmann Applanation Tonometry
Measurement of intraocular pressure is a standard part of an eye exam that contributes to evaluating a patient for glaucoma. Goldmann applanation tonometry is the standard method. It involves the use of a drop of yellow dye and blue light. There are many alternative methods of measurement, but none is better, and most alternatives are less useful overall.
Visual Field Testing
Visual field testing is a way to detect damage to the vision from glaucoma. This test is time-consuming and depends on your response to small spots of light that appear while looking at a central target. With repeated testing, it provides valuable information about early glaucoma damage in your eye as well as ongoing vision loss from glaucoma.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a method of measuring the nerve layer in the back of your eye as the individual nerve cells approach the optic nerve, which carries vision to the brain. It is a snapshot image and is easy to do. It is done once or twice a year for glaucoma patients. OCT is also used in evaluating retinal diseases.