Glaucoma is one of the most dangerous eye conditions, primarily because it has few noticeable symptoms until significant damage has occurred. Consequently, it is crucial that patients with glaucoma or with glaucoma risk factors undergo regular comprehensive eye exams with an ophthalmologist or optometrist. Nearly all comprehensive ophthalmologists and optometrists can evaluate patients for the signs of glaucoma, and those doctors can typically treat early-stage glaucoma through careful monitoring, regular testing and glaucoma medications. However, when glaucoma conditions become more severe or are uncontrolled, treatment by a fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist may be warranted.
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Patients with glaucoma typically have exams every three to twelve months depending on the stage of their disease. Most patients will have regular testing (visual field tests, nerve fiber layer analysis, disc photos) at their exams, so each visit will take one to two hours.