The natural flow of tears distributed when we blink is important for their health of our eyes. Equally important is the drainage system which clears these fluids away. The anterior chamber angle is responsible for the outflow of fluid from within the eye, and if it is narrow or closed the fluid cannot leave the eye causing the intra-ocular pressure to increase. It is therefore important to assess the anterior chamber angle by Gonioscopy to complete the assessment of Glaucoma.
Gonioscopy is a technique normally performed by an Ophthalmologist which allows visualisation of the drainage structure of the eye – something that is not possible to see with standard examination techniques.
We currently perform this procedure as part of our private eye examinations but it is unfortunately not funded by the NHS. However, if you wish to add Gonioscopy to your NHS Sight Test then you can request this procedure as a private patient.