Re: The Welsh Self Test for Glaucoma??
I'm not sure whether a self-test is such a bad thing. Many people can't afford the high fees opthalmists charge (here first visit is $200), but if people could do a simple test of their own showing that they HAD a problem that would (or might) help. They could be more certain that their precious money would be well spent seeing one. Of course glaucoma is often a sneaking problem that very few know they have until it's late - sometimes too late. If we had a simple test we might know earlier (on average). The thing is we don't screen for glaucoma, if we did I would be more inclined to agree with you, but since we don't, ANY testing we can encourage is good.
I thinks it's called a "silent" problem - one eye can compensate for loss of vision in the other, and our brain can fill in detail. Add in some cataracts and many older folk are very unsure about the quality of their vision. I don't think opticians routinely check for glaucoma, so it goes untested mostly.
Just a few thoughts - what do you think?
(My problem is a little different - I have been diagnosed with "low pressure" glaucoma, and all I am being given is eye drops to lower my pressure (from about 20-23 to about 13 or so - units are ??). I am not sure about the quality of the diagnosis and would like to check it myself. The optician said my pressures were normal and the opthalmist said they were high-side normal.)