In most cases, glaucoma is detected in a routine eye examination before the patient experiences any vision problems. This is done with the use of a 'Tonometer' which measures the pressure inside the eye. Although this method of detection can be helpful in catching glaucoma before serious visual damage occurs, it is not always accurate and only indicates the presence of glaucoma when the pressure is high and some damage may have already occurred.
KIES EYE CENTER has moved ahead technologically in the early detection of glaucoma. With the acquisition of the Heidelberg Retina Tomograph and the Ocugene Genetic Test System, KIES EYE CENTER can now diagnose glaucoma years before symptoms become apparent to the patient.
The Heidelberg Retina Tomograph
The 'HRT' combines a laser scanning camera and specialized computer software to produce three dimensional imaging that can aid in early diagnosis.
The 'HRT' exam takes only a few minutes, is completely painless, is non-invasive and usually does not require dilation of the eye. Since the 'HRT' is an accurate way to follow your progress your doctor may order repeat exams periodically to check your progress.
Ocugene Genetic Testing
The Ocugene Genetic Test System is designed to detect a more aggressive form of glaucoma and to detect people with a higher likelihood of developing the disease.
Ocugene is a simple in-office test. One of the KIES EYE CENTER ophthalmologists or an assistant obtains a DNA sample by using two soft-bristled cheek brushes. The DNA samples are then shipped to a testing laboratory for processing.
If you test positive, you may have a more aggressive form of the disease and/or may be at an increased risk of developing glaucoma at some point in your lifetime. Although a positive test result is not a confirmed glaucoma diagnosis, KIES EYE CENTER will recommend that you schedule more frequent eye exams.