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Think Once-A-Year Glaucoma Testing is Enough? Think Again…

Medscape News is reporting on a recent study on the benefits of twice-a-year glaucoma testing over that of once-a-year testing.  According to the report, undergoing visual field testing twice per year is more effective in terms of early detection of glaucoma as well as monitoring disease progression.

Field testing is a means of measuring a person’s visual field.  That is, it measures how much peripheral or “side vision” a person has.  The test is painless and done without the need for eye drops.  Although this exam is only one part of a glaucoma testing, it is often a vital first step in the detection and treatment of this common disease.

What is Glaucoma?  How is it Treated?

In essence, glaucoma is a disease where the optic nerve becomes damaged, usually as a result of increased pressure in the eye.  Ultimately, this damaging of the optic nerve causes gradual but serious vision loss.  Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States, which emphasizes the vital importance of testing and treatment.

For those who have been diagnosed with glaucoma, there are several treatment options available, and we can work together to find the best care suited to your needs.  Often, we can control glaucoma through the use of eye drops and medications.  In some cases, the condition is treated through the use of lasers or surgery.  Glaucoma is a common and treatable condition, and early detection is key.

Make an Appointment Today

If you would like to learn more about the Glaucoma Treatment and other services we offer such as LASIK and Cataract Surgery, contact us today.  Our offices are located in Winchester, serving Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.  Book your appointment at (540) 722-6200.

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