Five Common Glaucoma Tests

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GlaucomaEarly detection is the key to protecting your vision from damage caused by glaucoma. Here’s a look at 5 common eye tests and how often you should have them.

Early detection, through regular and complete eye exams, is the key to protecting your vision from damage caused by glaucoma. A complete eye exam includes five common tests to detect glaucoma.

It is important to have your eyes examined regularly. Your eyes should be tested:

  • before age 40, every two to four years
  • from age 40 to age 54, every one to three years
  • from age 55 to 64, every one to two years
  • after age 65, every six to 12 months

Anyone with high risk factors should be tested every year or two after age 35.

A Comprehensive Glaucoma Exam

To be safe and accurate, five factors should be checked before making a glaucoma diagnosis:

  • The inner eye pressure
  • The shape and color of the optic nerve
  • The complete field of vision
  • The angle in the eye where the iris meets the cornea
  • Thickness of the cornea.