You should have your eyes checked annually by an ophthalmologist. I would also suggestg a baseline glaucoma work up: visual field, optic nerve OCT, gonioscopy, optic nerve stereo pictures and corneal thickness measurement.
I heard an opthalmologist talking on NPR radio last week. They are working on a DNA test that will show the liklihood of getting glaucoma, but it is not yet perfected. If I were you, I'd go more often than every two years for testing. Annually would show you Dr a trend, and would probably give you more peace of mind.
I would like to have it checked annually, but what if my last visit was half a year ago and they refuse to see me until about 2 years have passed? Also I believe that I cannot demand any tests by my Dr if he doesn't agree that they should be done. What do you think about this?
What country do you live in and why do you not have recourse to a different Eye MD with a different testing routine?
I live in the Netherlands and here it is not as easy to switch. You need to make an appointment with your GP first. He/she then examines whether or not you need specialized help and allows you then depending on what he/she thinks of it to make an appointed with the specialist. In my case I got the appointment 4 years ago, because of the familiar risk of glaucoma.
Besides this it is to my knowledge highly irregular in the Netherlands to ask your specialist to do further tests. He/she will decide whether or not it is necessary to do additional tests. However yesterday I have fortunately been able to make an appointment with my other specialist to have a Visual Field test done in October. You see I had a second opinion in January this year and he decided that currently nothing was wrong with me and I had to come back in 2010 for another regular eye examination. However my first ophthalmologist (the one I have for about 4 years now) decided last year that I needed a Visual Field test in 2008, because the last one was done 4 years ago (came out fine). Thus I had this problem with having more or less two ophthalmologists with a totally different opinion in how often I need regular eye examinations. Here usually the last specialist you visit becomes your new regular specialist unless you have any objections. So, I told I would like to have my first opthalmologist back and they agreed. However I don't you how things go exactly in the USA, but I do know that here you cannot order a test to be done without the specialist's approval. Unless you go to some sort of private clinic and pay for it yourself. Even if you do I believe will the specialist decide whether or not further testing is necessary.
However besides routine what do you think in my case? Is it harmless and could glaucoma already have done minor damage without any of the ophalmologists having noticed it? I'm just 21 and it is the "normal" glaucoma that is prevalent in my family, not the juvenile one.
From a statistical basis it would be rare for you to have had two ophthalmologists check you and a visual field without picking up trouble. Your youth also is a big protection.
Thank you very much for your advise and efforts on this forum.