As we continue to see an era of COVID-19 it is even more important now than ever to monitor health from home. As a result, we want to ensure our patients are looking for symptoms of health diseases. Remember, this does not replace an annual vision exam as many eye issues do not show symptoms until permeate damage has occurred.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, glaucoma is a disease that damages the eyes optic nerve usually due to fluid buildup in the front of your eye. The added pressure form the fluid creates pressure and in turn damages the eye.
According to science daily, patients that suffer from glaucoma require lifelong monitoring. This includes regular eye tests and monitoring the progression of the disease twice a year with special doctors and equipment. Glaucoma is typically found in patients that are older.
Since the pandemic, the incidence of glaucoma has increased. There are safety concerns for patients, especially the higher risk age group for both COVID and glaucoma, is creating more cases of glaucoma. Even before the pandemic aggressive glaucoma is under diagnosed and gets severe quickly.
Even before the pandemic, the rates of aggressive forms of glaucoma were going undetected for far too long. Research suggests high risk patients test monthly. The science continues to grow. We all agree there is a need for more at home testing.
The science is still fairly new, but there was a study in England using a tablet based eye tests, called Eyecatcher, in which patients were able to test their eye pressure at home. Similar to the tests in our exam rooms, patients looked at a central cross on the device and pushed a button when they saw light. This light appears at different locations and intensities. Eyecatcher measures an individual’s face is in the correct position. They were then able to test the accuracy in an optical office. This study found that 98% of in home tests using this technology are accurate.
We are still waiting for this technology to become more prevalent. It is so important to get your vision and eye pressure tested at least annually or more if you are considered high risk. To talk more about your vision concerns, contact us for an appointment today!