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Glaucoma Testing

What Is a Glaucoma Test?

Glaucoma is the generalized name for a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve of the eye, preventing the eye from sending accurate visual information to the brain. Glaucoma tests are designed to test your eyes for one of the key symptoms of the disease—increased eye pressure—however only a comprehensive eye exam can reveal whether or not you have glaucoma. Increased pressure inside the eye is often a key indicator of glaucoma, though not exclusively so. Eye doctors can use a number of tests for eye pressure, but will, by default, check for signs of glaucoma as part of a detailed examination of the retina—the light sensitive area at the back of the eye responsible for processing images.

How Does Glaucoma Testing Work?

A glaucoma test is usually part of a routine eye exam. Both types of glaucoma tests measure internal pressure of the eye.

One glaucoma test involves measuring what happens when a puff of air is blown across the surface of the eye. (A puff test) Another test uses a special device (in conjunction with eye-numbing drops) to “touch” the surface of the eye to measure eye pressure.

While increased eye pressure is a key indicator of the disease, it does not necessarily mean you have a glaucoma diagnosis. In fact, the only way to detect glaucoma is to have a detailed, comprehensive eye exam that often includes dilation of the pupils.

So “true” glaucoma testing actually involves examining the retina and optic nerve at the back of the eye for signs of the disease.


Glaucoma can cause slight to severe vision loss, and is often discovered only after the disease is present—that’s why glaucoma testing is so important.

Special thanks to the EyeGlass Guide for informational material that aided in the creation of this website. Visit the EyeGlass Guide today!

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781 Prospect St
Fredericton, NB E3B 5Y4, Canada
Hickey Optometry
We are now at our new location
Due to recommendations from the Minister of Health, Premier, and the NB College of Optometrists, our office is temporarily closed.

Our top priority is protecting all of our patients, staff and our community from the spread of COVID-19. If you have an upcoming appointment, we will be in touch to reschedule. We will also be regularly checking our phone (458-1801) and email (hickeyoptometry@gmail.com).

If you have any questions or concerns, experiencing any flashes or floaters, sudden decrease in vision, or any other emergencies, please leave us a message via voicemail, email, or through our website and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Thank you for your continuous support and understanding through all of this. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!
Our Business is Changing!
Like other small Businesses in Fredericton we have closed our doors to foot traffic and are currently limited to providing urgent and emergency eye exams. Like you, we are doing our best to adapt to the challenges day to day.

There are still ways we can support you! If you have a current contact lens prescription and are in need of lenses, we now offer free shipping directly to your home. You may also qualify for a rebate!

We hope you continue to support local businesses through this crisis. We are doing our best to make that as easy as possible. Please reach out to us hickeyoptometry@gmail.com or 506-458-1801.

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We are all in this together
We are happy to announce that effective May 13th we will be open for routine care! Our front door will be locked to manage traffic. Please phone ahead 458-1801 for drop-ins. Plans have been put in place to ensure the safety of all patients and staff.