Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Glaucoma Evaluation

The evaluation of chronic glaucoma begins with a medical history and eye examination.

Physical findings in someone with chronic glaucoma may include:

  • Abnormal retina
  • Abnormal visual acuity

The diagnosis must be confirmed through testing.

Tests that may be used to evaluate chronic glaucoma include:
  • Perimetry:
    • Checking the entire visual field for defects
  • Funduscopic examination:
    • Normal retina
    • Glaucoma retina
  • Gonioscopy:
    • Using a special lens to examine the areas of the eye that drain fluid to keep the pressure within the eye normal.
  • Measurement of the pressure within the anterior chamber of the eye
  • Visual acuity measurement

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Last Updated: Dec 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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