Glaucoma Facts vs Myths #1

Glaucoma Facts vs Myths #1

Myth #1 – If your vision is 100% and you have no symptoms of glaucoma, you will not develop glaucoma. 

Fact – Glaucoma is called the “silent thief of sight” because you will not notice any symptoms until glaucoma is already advanced. The definition of early glaucoma is based on the fact that you do not even need to have problems with your peripheral (side) vision but is rather determined by your eye doctor’s observation of the appearance of your optic nerve. 

A complete eye exam includes five common tests to detect glaucoma. 

Name of Test Examining 

Tonometry- The inner eye pressure 

Ophthalmoscopy (dilated eye exam)-The shape and colour of the optic nerve 

Perimetry (visual field test)-The complete field of vision 

Gonioscopy-The drainage angle in the eye where the iris meets the cornea 

Pachymetry-Thickness of the cornea 

Even though you do not have any symptoms in early glaucoma, if untreated, your vision will slowly deteriorate. Early detection, through regular and complete eye exams, is the key to protecting your vision from damage caused by glaucoma.

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