Glaucoma Suspect

  • There is no perfect test to assess whether or not a patient has glaucoma. In many cases, there are no symptoms. Visual loss occurs in the late stages of the disease.

  • For every patient with glaucoma, another six to eight are considered suspicious. It is as important to insure prompt care for a blinding disease as it is to avoid to the use of unnecessary medications.

  • The evaluation of the patient with possible glaucoma include tonometry, slit lamp examination, and ophthalmoscopy.

  • Risk factors include family history of glaucoma, the presence of diabetes mellitus or thyroid disease, and the use of certain medications.

  • Frequently, patients may be observed closely for any change in exam over the course of one to two years. Other patients may be placed on topical drops.
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