The leading cause of blindness for people over the age of 60 is Glaucoma.
But, that doesn’t mean that it only affects them. Glaucoma can affect
people of all ages, it doesn’t matter the age! Early detection is
important, and seeing your optometrist yearly is highly recommended.
What Is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma, also known as The Silent Thief of Sight, is a group of eye conditions
that damage the optic nerve. There aren’t very many signs that will
show you have this disease, hence the nickname, but there are a few you
can look out for to help stop the progress of it.
- Morning Headaches
- Red Eye
- Nausea and vomiting
- Visual Impairment in Glaucoma
- Eye Pain
How Do I Know If I Have Glaucoma?
“Unfortunately, most patients will not experience symptoms until
the disease has progressed significantly. Visual loss or tunnel vision
can be signs of advanced glaucoma,” says our Optometrist Dr. Jonathan
Walker. “This is why an annual eye exam is so important to monitor
any early signs!”
Who Is Most At Risk Of Developing Glaucoma?
“As we age, we are at an increased risk for developing glaucoma,”
says , Dr. Walker. “Some factors such as family history, eye injuries,
and diabetes can increase the risk.” Some groups have a greater
risk of developing glaucoma, than others, like:
- Adults 60 and Older
- Individuals With a Family History of Glaucoma
- Seriously Nearsighted People
Preventative Measures for Glaucoma
Because there is no cure to this sight stealing thief disease, there aren’t
many preventative measures to prevent glaucoma. “Having a healthy
lifestyle and wearing eye protection during risky activities can help
prevent the development of glaucoma,” says Dr. Walker.
A few other ways to help prevent Glaucoma are by:
Schedule routine dilated eye exams
Dr. Walker recommends that individuals schedule comprehensive eye exams
frequently. A regular dilated eye exam is probably one of the best proactive
steps to detecting early glaucoma. It can really help with early treatment
to prevent vision loss.
Understand your family history
People who have a genetic disposition for eye problems have a higher risk
of developing glaucoma. If you have siblings, parents, or other relatives
with this disease, talk to one of our optometrist about routine exams.
Wear eye protection
Eye injuries can also increase your risk of glaucoma. Always wear goggles,
glasses, and other protective eyewear when using power tools or engaging
in high-speed sports like tennis, baseball, etc.
What You Can Expect During Your Eye Exam
“During a regular exam a patient can expect to have your intraocular
test, where we check the pressure inside your eye. The results will help
us see if you have glaucoma," says Dr. Walker. “We will also
do a retinal exam. During this exam we will assess the optic nerve to
monitor for any signs of nerve loss.” If glaucoma is suspected additional
testing will be scheduled.
Find out if you have glaucoma by scheduling your next eye care appointment
with us today!
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