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Can a slit lamp exam detect glaucoma?

Yes, at the slit lamp we can do a variety of tests to detect glaucoma. We can measure pressures and perform an evaluation of the optic nerve and angle. There are several adjunctive tests that are performed with other instruments (pachymetry, automated visual field testing, computer-assisted optic nerve imaging), but the slit lamp examination is central to making the diagnosis.

Answered by: James M. Heltzer, MDDr. James M. Heltzer

Categories: Glaucoma

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Answered: Jan 24, 2013

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