Corporate Office- South Bend, IN

17187 State Road 23 South Bend, IN 46635 Phone: (574) 273-6000 Fax: (574) 247-8199 View Map & Get Directions

Elkhart, IN

1612 W. Lexington Ave. Elkhart, IN 46514 Phone: (574) 522-2273 Fax: (574) 522-4563 View Map & Get Directions

Plymouth, IN

1920 W. Lake Ave. Plymouth, IN 46563 Phone: (574) 941-4444 Fax: (574) 941-4440 View Map & Get Directions

Michigan City, IN

3219 South Franklin Street Michigan City, IN 46360 Phone: (219) 872-1000 Fax: (219) 879-1917 View Map & Get Directions

St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Medical Office Building

611 E. Douglas Road, Suite 124 Mishawaka, IN 46545 Phone: 574-247-8100 Fax: 574-855-2475 View Map & Get Directions

Health Issues

Glaucoma Diagnosis

 When should you contact a doctor?

  • If you have severe eye pain or a sudden loss of vision, especially loss of peripheral vision
  • If you have risk factors for glaucoma and have not been screened for the condition
  • Everyone over age 40 should have an eye examination at least once every 5 years, and more often if in a high-risk group.

An examination of the eye may be used to diagnose glaucoma. However, checking the intraocular pressure alone (tonometry) is not enough because eye pressure changes. The doctor will need to examine the inside of the eye by looking through the pupil, often while the pupil is dilated.

Usually the doctor will perform a complete examination of the eyes.

Tests may include:

  • Gonioscopy (use of a special lens to see the outflow channels of the angle)
  • Intraocular pressure measurement by tonometry
  • Optic nerve imaging (photographs of the interior of the eye)
  • Pupillary reflex response
  • Refraction
  • Retinal examination
  • Slit lamp examination
  • Visual acuity
  • Visual field measurement