At Elliott Opticians we use the latest technology in disease detection.
Glaucoma is the name of a group of disease characterised by progressive degeneration of the optic nerve head. In some cases this can be caused by a rise in the pressure of the eye. Glaucoma first affects your peripheral vision leading to tunnel vision and if untreated can result in complete visual loss. The symptoms of Glaucoma are difficult to recognise until they are at a very advanced stage. Therefore, if you have a history of Glaucoma in your family, we advise you to get regular eye tests and inform the optician about your family history.
To test for signs of glaucoma the optician will measure the pressure in your eyes using a tonometer. We have both contact and non contact tonometers in the practice. A field screener is used to measure your peripheral and central vision. If you are over 40 we routinely test for Glaucoma during your eye test. If you are under 40 but have a family history of glaucoma, we will also monitor you for this condition. We take a photograph of the optic nerve head and we can compare these photographs over the years to help detect glaucoma.
None of these tests hurt and are done as part of your routine eye examination.