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What is Glaucoma? (Definition)

According to the National Eye Institute, Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve and can result in vision loss and blindness. However, with early detection and treatment, you can often protect your eyes against serious vision loss.

Glaucoma is detected through a comprehensive dilated eye exam that includes the following:

  • Visual acuity test. This eye chart test measures how well you see at various distances.
  • Visual field test. This test measures your peripheral (side vision). It helps your eye care professional tell if you have lost peripheral vision, a sign of glaucoma.
  • Dilated eye exam. In this exam, drops are placed in your eyes to widen, or dilate, the pupils. Your eye care professional uses a special magnifying lens to examine your retina and optic nerve for signs of damage and other eye problems. After the exam, your close-up vision may remain blurred for several hours.
  • Tonometry is the measurement of pressure inside the eye by using an instrument called a tonometer. Numbing drops may be applied to your eye for this test. A tonometer measures pressure inside the eye to detect glaucoma.
  • Pachymetry is the measurement of the thickness of your cornea. Your eye care professional applies a numbing drop to your eye and uses an ultrasonic wave instrument to measure the thickness of your cornea.

See below for updated news and information regarding Glaucoma including new research, treatments and advancements. 

Latest Glaucoma News

Glaucoma Research News: A Closer Look at the Eye

(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER) - Researchers Develop New Retinal Imaging Technique. Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have developed a new imaging technique that could revolutionize how eye health and disease are assessed. The group is first to be able to make out individual cells at the back of the eye that are implicated in vision loss in ...
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Experimental Drug and Earlier Detection Possible for Glaucoma Patients

(Medical Daily) According to a recently published article in Medical Daily, researchers have identified distinct characteristics of glaucoma types using optical coherence tomography (OCT) angiography by observing the disease in its earlier stages. The findings published in the journal IOVS could help doctors diagnose the illness earlier, which could help slow down the loss of vision associated with glaucoma ...
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