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As you may already know the "normal" eye pressure is between 10 and 21 mmHg. While it is true that your pressure as measured is above this number there is a lot more to a diagnosis of glaucoma, and the decision to start you on life-long treatment, then pressure alone.
Are you being treated by an ophthalmologist (MD) or an optometrist (OD)?
OD but am waiting to see an MD, which may take some time
so is the visual field testing part of making that diagnosis
Ok. Just as an aside. I do not believe optometrists should treat this, potentially blinding, condition. I know that in many States in the USA and other countries this is done but they really don't have the training to deal with this condition.
That is my opinion too, i was supposed to see an opthalmologist last september but he is very behind so i went back to my optometrist
Yes. It is important to establish a baseline visual field so that later fields can be compared to it in order to see any progression in visual field loss. Also the optic nerve needs to be imaged by OCT, photography or drawings to look for pathological changes. Also a family history of glaucoma is important.
my mother had laser treatment for her glaucoma years ago
In addition the morphology of your outflow channels should be checked by gonioscopy and your central corneal thickness noted.
i have narrow angles i was told
Ok. so you have a family history of glaucoma....
If you have significantly narrow angles you would probably benefit from a laser peripheral iridotomy
If your optic nerves look healthy and your pressure has not been higher then the above numbers on multiple testing with a goldman tonometer (the puff test is worthless) I'd not really be that worried about glaucoma.
ok..thank you for your input.
My pleasure. Take care.
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