The Dreaded Puffer Test for Glaucoma
A recent study showed that 86% of people who already have eye disease do not return for their routine eye exams. The main reason for not going back to the opticians is because of one of these dreaded parts of the eye examination.
While I can't do much about eliminating many of those anxiety causing parts of the eye exam listed above, I can eliminate the fear of the puffer test. At Valarie Jerome Optometrists, we do not check the eye pressures with the puffer test but instead just a much gentler method.
"What do you use to check the eye pressures?"
Patient friendly and for use on patients of all ages, the iCare Tonometer is used at our practice. It provides an accurate measure of the intra ocular pressure without the need for air or eye drops.
"What is intra ocular pressure?"
Intra ocular pressure is the pressure of the front part of the eye. If the pressure is elevated, this could mean you have glaucoma or are at risk of developing glaucoma.
"Do I need my pressures tested at each eye examination?"
Yes. If the intra ocular pressure is high, you may not have any symptoms and no change to the vision noted. If left elevated, you could have sight threatening issued develop like glaucoma. The eye pressure can vary during the day and also may change during your lifetime.
"Don't you have to be older to need your pressures checked"
While elevated intra ocular pressures typically happen in adults, it can occur in children also. As the iCare tonometer we use is very gently, most children will tolerate the test very well.
"Is that the only test for glaucoma?"
In addition to the eye pressures, a full examination of the eye is performed and vision is measured. You may also need a visual field test - also known as the side vision test.
So if that dreaded puffer test is holding you back from your routine eye examination - you won't have to worry about that at Valarie Jerome Optometrists.
To book in for a private comprehensive eye examination phone 01635 528844.
I appreciate you mentioning that eye-threatening conditions like glaucoma might arise if the situation were to remain elevated. My grandfather has diabetes, which is now hurting his vision and eyesight. I'll take my grandfather for comprehensive glaucoma testing so we can look for any diseases.
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Dr Valarie Jerome
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