When you attend your routine eye examinations, you eye doctor will perform several tests. Some of these tests will check for glaucoma. If your doctor has reason to believe, based off of these tests, that glaucoma may be present, you will be asked to come back for further testing. Patients who are suspected of having glaucoma are usually referred to a specialist in the area. It is important to listen to the advice of your eye doctor, because glaucoma can result in permanent vision loss when not treated.
A glaucoma consultation generally takes place in your ophthalmologist’s office. This can take up to an hour, depending on the tests needed. You will be asked a series of questions about your general health, family history of glaucoma, and previous eye disease. This is the time to tell your doctor about any symptoms you have been experiencing. Glaucoma does not generally present symptoms, so this could be a different issue.
Based on your results, your surgeon will be able to make the correct diagnosis. From there, a treatment method can be chosen!
If you have not had an eye examination in a while, or if you have noticed changes in your vision, it’s time to schedule your appointment with Dr. Cheema. Remember that glaucoma often progresses without symptoms so early detection is key.