• At what stage should my borderline glaucoma be monitored by an ophthalmologist instead of an optometrist?


    Question:

    At what stage should my borderline glaucoma be monitored by an ophthalmologist instead of an optometrist?


    Answer:

    Like so many other things, the answer is that it depends. There are very skilled optometrists who have additional specialty training in glaucoma, and are careful observers and clinicians. There are many optometrists I work with whom I trust to evaluate borderline disease. There are others who are less attentive. If you are not as confident in the quality of the care you are receiving, or there is any concern that you may be progressing or require treatment, an evaluation by an ophthalmologist would be needed.


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