Everyone should be checked for glaucoma at around age 35 and again at age 40. Those considered to be at higher risk for narrow-angle glaucoma, including those who are Asian, farsighted or over the age of 60, should have their pressure checked every year or two.
Because of the rapid, potentially devastating results of narrow-angle glaucoma, you should seek medical treatment immediately if you experience any of the above symptoms.
During eye exams, your doctor will use tonometry to check your eye pressure. After applying numbing drops, the doctor gently presses the tonometer against the eye, measuring and recording its resistance.
The doctor can use an ophthalmoscope to examine the shape and color of your optic nerve. The ophthalmoscope magnifies and lights up the inside of the eye. If the optic nerve appears to be cupped or is not a healthy pink color, we can run additional tests.
The doctor can perform a gonioscopy exam to determine whether the angle where the iris meets the cornea is open or closed. This is a key difference between open-angle glaucoma and narrow-angle glaucoma.