If you are younger than 40 and have no known risk factors for glaucoma, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recommends that you have a complete eye exam every 5 to 10 years. This includes tests that check for
glaucoma.1 The AAO suggests more frequent routine eye exams as you age.
The AAO also suggests that people who are at risk for glaucoma have complete eye exams according to the schedule below:
The iris is a circular, pigmented membrane that provides the eye its color and the opening in the center is the pupil of the eye.
The iris is made up of muscular fibers that control the amount of light entering the pupil so that you can see clearly. The iris accomplishes this task by making the pupil smaller in bright light and larger in dim light.
In some people, the iris can become inflamed. This is termed iritis.
farsighted (greater risk for developing closed-angle
Have had an eye injury or eye surgery, such as
Have high blood pressure (hypertension).
Have been taking
Because people with glaucoma may have normal pressures in
their eyes, measuring
eye pressure (tonometry)
should not be used as the only test for glaucoma. It needs to be combined with
other tests before glaucoma can be diagnosed.
After reviewing all of the research, the U.S. Preventive
Services Task Force
(USPSTF) has not recommended for or against routine glaucoma
screening for all adults.3
information about glaucoma and vision screening, see the topics Glaucoma and Vision Tests.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 14, 2014
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