In most cases the early signs of glaucoma are detected during a routine eye test with an optometrist.
It is very important that you have your eyes tested every two years because conditions like glaucoma, diabetes, high cholesterol and macular degeneration can all be spotted at these consultations.
This is even more important to remember if you are Asian, African-Carribean, have low blood pressure, are diabetic or short sighted because this could mean that you have a higher risk of developing glaucoma.
If the optometrist identifies that you may have glaucoma you will be referred to a specialist glaucoma service. If you are referred for further consultation this does not mean that you definitely have glaucoma and it does not mean that you will lose your sight, only that you may be at increased risk.
We may use several different tests to determine whether you have glaucoma.