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Glaucoma FAQs (cont.)

What Can Someone Expect During an Eye Examination for Glaucoma?

An ophthalmologist (a medical doctor who specializes in eye care and surgery) initially checks the patient's central vision using an eye chart. The fronts of the eyes are examined using a special microscope called a slit lamp.

The pressure inside the eyes is checked using an instrument called a tonometer. The optic nerves are examined for any damage; this may require dilation of the pupils to ensure an adequate examination of the optic nerves.

The peripheral vision may be checked, typically by using an automated visual field machine. The drainage channels in the eyes may be examined using a painless technique called gonioscopy, which involves the use of a special contact lens that is placed onto the surface of the eye that has been numbed with an eye drop.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/19/2012

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