During your initial visit to The Glaucoma Center, there are a series of diagnostic tests that will be performed along with your comprehensive eye exam. Our state-of-the-art equipment uses the most advanced technology to determine whether or not you have glaucoma and if so, how severe it may be. Our doctors will review testing and eye examination results with you, and go over treatment options if needed. After your initial consultation, these tests may be performed again on a yearly basis or as deemed necessary by our doctors, to ensure that every effort is made to preserve your vision.
Due to the time this testing may take, we ask that you please allow two hours for the initial glaucoma evaluation.
Visual Field Testing:
This is an automated examination of your peripheral (side) vision. One of the complications of glaucoma can be loss of peripheral vision. This test may show signs of damage before you become aware of it.
Optic Disc Photography:
These are color photographs of the back of the eye, specifically the optic nerve, which can be viewed in 3-dimensions by our doctors. Your eye will need to be dilated for this type of photograph. It is important to have these photographs so that your optic nerves can be followed over time, and we can determine if any change has occurred by comparing old photographs with your eye's current appearance.
Optical Coherence Tomography
These are computerized images of the back of your eye. Your eye may or may not require dilation to take these photographs. These tests measure the size of the optic nerve, as well as the layer of retinal tissue surrounding the optic nerve, the nerve fiber layer (NFL). This layer of the retina can demonstrate early signs of glaucoma damage and can also be monitored for any changes over time.
This imaging technique provides high-resolution, cross-sectional images of the retinal nerve fiber layer and the optic nerve head. This technology allows sensitive monitoring for glaucoma progression.