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How does a doctor test for glaucoma in an eye exam?

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This makes sure the fluid pressure inside your eyes is within a normal range. It's fast, painless, and can be done in a couple of ways, including with a tonometer or a noncontact tonometer (puff of air method).

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "When to See an Eye M.D."

FDA: "Saving Your Sight -- Early Detection Is Critical."

Prevent Blindness America: "Taking Your Child to the Eye Doctor."

MayoClinic.com: "Eye Exams: What to Expect."

All About Vision: "What to Expect From a Comprehensive Eye Exam."

National Eye Institute: "Finding an Eye Care Professional."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on November 10, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "When to See an Eye M.D."

FDA: "Saving Your Sight -- Early Detection Is Critical."

Prevent Blindness America: "Taking Your Child to the Eye Doctor."

MayoClinic.com: "Eye Exams: What to Expect."

All About Vision: "What to Expect From a Comprehensive Eye Exam."

National Eye Institute: "Finding an Eye Care Professional."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on November 10, 2017

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