Optometrists are able to detect early signs of glaucoma even before you are aware of any symptoms. They are specifically looking for changes when doing the health check part of an eye test. Since the optic nerve can be affected by this condition, they will inspect the nerve head in each eye to see if the disc shape has changed and if there are any variations in colour. If picked up early, damage from this condition can be prevented from becoming serious and sight threatening.
We have a very sophisticated machine that allows us to diagnose and monitor glaucoma very closely and accurately. When teamed up with visual field testing and a competent optometrist, glaucoma detection rates are significantly improved .
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This page was last updated at 11:50AM on June 18, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Mahurangi Vision Centre - Warkworth.