What Are the Signs You Need A Glaucoma Screening?

By: Dr. Neha Amin


You may have heard the expression that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." When it comes to safeguarding your vision from glaucoma, truer words have never been spoken. At Advanced Vision & Achievement Center, Dr. Neha Amin and Dr. Mary Hardy emphasize the importance of proactive eye care, including regular glaucoma screenings for our patients in Phoenix, AZ.

What exactly is glaucoma, and how does it affect your vision?

Glaucoma is not just one condition but a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, which is crucial for healthy vision. This damage is often caused by abnormally high pressure in your eye. Over time, this increased pressure can erode your optic nerve fibers, leading to vision loss and potentially blindness if not diagnosed and treated early.

What are the early signs of glaucoma?

In its early stages, glaucoma may not present any noticeable symptoms, which is why it has become known as the "silent thief of sight." However, there are a few potential signs of glaucoma that should not be ignored:

  • Gradual loss of peripheral vision, usually in both eyes
  • Seeing halos around lights
  • Mild eye pain or redness
  • Blurred vision

If you notice any of these symptoms, it's a signal to seek a professional glaucoma screening with our team in Phoenix, AZ. Early detection is key to managing glaucoma effectively and preserving your vision.

How do you test for glaucoma?

Testing for glaucoma includes several exams to assess eye health and pressure. Tonometry measures inner eye pressure, which is critical for glaucoma risk assessment. Ophthalmoscopy examines the optic nerve for damage, while perimetry evaluates the entire field of vision for any vision loss. Gonioscopy checks the eye's angle to identify abnormalities. Together, these tests offer a comprehensive view of your eye's health, enabling early intervention if our team detects signs of glaucoma.

How often should I set up glaucoma tests?

The answer to this depends on several factors, including your age, race, family history of glaucoma, and overall eye health. Generally, adults should schedule an eye exam (including a glaucoma test) at least once every two years. However, if you're at a higher risk of glaucoma, more frequent screenings may be necessary. Our staff will let you know during your visit how often you should schedule glaucoma tests to ensure your vision is protected.

Schedule your glaucoma screening

Preserving your ocular health starts with proactive screening. At Advanced Vision & Achievement Center, we're committed to offering comprehensive glaucoma screenings as part of our comprehensive eye care services. Dr. Neha Amin and Dr. Mary Hardy are here to guide you through the screening process, ensuring your eyes are healthy.

If you're experiencing any symptoms of glaucoma or it's time for your regular eye exam, don't hesitate to reach out. Contact our office in Phoenix, AZ to schedule your glaucoma screening and take a significant step toward maintaining your vision.

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