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Posted By: Cardinal
Total Posts: 96
Joined Date: 23 Feb 2011

It depends on the visual field test.  They should do one when you have the regular sight test.  Did your doctor say that was OK?  My IOPs were 20 and I didn't feel I had problems other than being short-sighted.  But I was referred from the optician because the visual field test showed some gaps.   I'm so grateful they did because I was diagnosed with the start of glaucoma.  Might be worth double checking to put your mind at rest. 

Posted : 18 Mar 2020
Posted By: Sightline
Total Posts: 309
Joined Date: 20 Feb 2009

Many people can have a pressure of 20 with no risk of glaucoma developing. The is called Ocular Hypertension. If your consultant felt there was a risk of glaucoma developing he would have prescribed you eye drops as a preventative to stop it from developing and would want to monitor you more closely. If getting a second opinion would put your mind at risk then it would be worth doing.

Posted : 16 Mar 2020
Posted By: NoKings
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Joined Date: 14 Mar 2020


I would like to preface this by saying I do not have glaucoma. I had an eye exam today after not having one in several years (whoops). I wear glasses full time and felt that I'd need a different prescription after all this time has passed.

My IOP was 20. The lady checked my IOP at my last eye exam at the end of 2011 and it was the same then (20 in both eyes). The doctor took a look at my eyes and everything is healthy and I have no damaged nerves. I am nearsighted and they just updated my prescription. 

I asked the doctor if I should be concerned with my IOP as I've learned that between 10-21 or 10-22 is what is considered to be within "normal" range and I fall on the high end of "normal".

I'm 29, I don't have any health conditions and I don't have a family history of glaucoma. But I realize having high IOP as well as being nearsighted (which mine is within the mild range) puts me at a couple risk factors for developing glaucoma.

The doctor said to come back in a year for an annual exam and didn't seem to be concerned at all, but I'm wondering if maybe I should be using drops or something to decrease my IOP. Should I get a second opinion? 

Any advice is appreciated. Thank you. 

Posted : 14 Mar 2020

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