Glaucoma Treatment, Eye Conditions : Glaucoma Screening

By: Eyecatchers Optometrists  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Glaucoma, Eye Examination, Glaucoma Test

Glaucoma is a disease resulting in progressive damage to the nerve fibres in the eye. Glaucoma can cause blindness!

Risk Factors

 Although the cause of glaucoma is not entirely known, scientists have been able to determine risk factors for the disease. There is a greater likelihood that a person will develop glaucoma if they have one or more of the following risk factors:

  • Over the age of 40
  • Ocular hypertension or raised pressure (IOP) inside the eye
  • Family history of glaucoma (Probably the most significant risk factor of all. First degree relatives of glaucoma sufferers, have an eight-fold increased risk of developing glaucoma)
  • Short sightedness
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Poor circulation in the hands and feet, known as Raynaud’s Phenomenon
  • A history of migraines
  • Previous injuries to the eye
  • Exposure to steroid preparations like eczema creams

 In addition to our comprehensive eye examination Eyecatchers Optometrists undertakes an early detection glaucoma test by:

  • measuring the internal pressure of your eye, the intraocular pressure (IOP)
  • measuring corneal thickness in order to recalibrate IOP measurements for accuracy, (Pachymetry)
  • measuring your peripheral vision, (Medmont visual field analyser and Zeiss Humphrey Matrix field analyser)
  • Observing the health of your optic nerve, (Volk lens binocular slit-lamp biomicroscopy)
  • analyse the retinal nerve fibre layer for glaucomatous thinning ( GDxVcc Scanning Laser Polarimetry)
Eyecatchers Optometrists was the first optometry practice in Southland to employ revolutionary scanning laser polarimetry technology (GDxVcc), to improve the early detection rate and accuracy of glaucoma diagnosis. If you have glaucoma the disease can be diagnosed earlier using this technology, and consequently treatment can start much sooner.

Keywords: Eye Examination, Glaucoma, Glaucoma Test

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