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Eye Exam for Glaucoma

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 @ 07:06 AM
Author: Jason Lau

Eye Exam for Glaucoma

Glaucoma is one of the most common eye issues people deal with. Glaucoma can affect anyone, but most often affects people age 65 and older. One of the first signs of glaucoma is slight blurry vision, for both people who have good eye sight and those who use glasses or contact lenses.

Starting at age 40, you should have annual eye exams from a professional. Glaucoma is one of the things they will test for and here’s what you can expect when going into an eye exam.

Testing for Glaucoma

Testing for glaucoma is most often done with the NCT or non-contact tonometry test. This is when a puff of air is administered to the eye. You may remember this from Friends when Rachel visited the eye doctor. The puff is quick and clean, which means there’s no reason to worry about the tickling sensation that sometimes accompanies an NCT.

Depending on how resistant to the air puff your eyes are determines your probability of obtaining glaucoma. The NCT calculates your IOP or intraocular pressure. Those with high eye pressure have a higher risk of getting glaucoma.

Applanation Tonometer

The applanation tonometer method is less common, but still widely used when an optometrist is testing for glaucoma. For this method, yellow dye is placed in the eye which creates a heavy feeling on the eye. This is not a dilating tool. The yellow dye shows up prominently when the optometrist places a blue light over the eye and applies slight pressure to the eye’s surface.

Eye Care for People Without Insurance

Saturday, June 1, 2013 @ 07:06 AM
Author: Jason Lau

Eye Care for People Without Insurance

Eye care is an essential part of your health. If you feel there are changes in your vision or you’re having problems with your eyes for an extended period of time, you need to see an eye doctor immediately. Many people do not have health insurance that includes eye care and choose to put off seeing an optometrist because of this. You should still visit an eye doctor as soon as you notice a change in your vision. Eye care is all about prevention, so the sooner you get to a doctor, the better.

  • Look online for reviews of eye doctors.
  • Talk to the front desk about payment plans.

Many large cities will have a database online through an online review site such as Yelp that helps you figure out which doctors have affordable rates for patients paying out of pocket. Depending on your issues, you can rack up a big bill quickly at the eye doctor. This is why you want to do your research before choosing a doctor. You can also check if there’s a university or clinic that offers affordable eye care.

If you end up going to an eye doctor’s office, ask the front desk about payment plans and options. Most doctors want to have your business and are happy to work out a payment plan that allows you to receive the medical care you need without paying in one lump sum. Usually, a percentage of the total due will be paid up front and the remainder by a specified date in a few months.