This short video gives an overview of glaucoma symptoms and risk factors. It is important to get a comprehensive eye exam to prevent potential vision loss from glaucoma.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve and lead to vision loss. Also known as the silent thief of sight, glaucoma typically causes vision loss over such a long period of time that you don’t notice the changes to your vision. Unfortunately, lost vision cannot be restored, but with early detection and treatment, glaucoma can be managed. While glaucoma can affect anyone, there are risk factors which can increase your chances of developing this disease. Anyone over the age of 60 is at a higher risk for developing glaucoma, but for African Americans, this increased risk begins around the age of 40. People of African, Hispanic, and Asian descent have a higher risk of developing glaucoma, as does anyone with a family history of this disease. If you have been told by your eye doctor that you have thin corneas, high eye pressure, or a sensitive optic disc, you may be at higher risk for developing glaucoma. Other eye conditions such as myopia, hyperopia, eye tumors, or an eye injury may lead to a higher risk as well. Preexisting or underlying health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease can also contribute to developing glaucoma. It is important to tell your eye care professional if you have any of these health conditions. If you suspect you are at an increased risk for developing glaucoma, don’t panic. The first step in protecting your vision is scheduling a comprehensive eye exam. Your doctor will discuss your risk factors, examine your eyes, and diagnose and treat any conditions they detect. Contact your doctor to schedule your comprehensive eye exam.
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