Glaucoma-Are you at increased risk?
Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve. There is no cure and once damage has occurred, it's irreversible. Early detection is key for retaining vision for patients with glaucoma, as the disease has no symptoms in its early to moderate stages.
Patients at highest risk for glaucoma include:
- Family history of glaucoma
- African American race
- History of steroid use
- Ocular trauma
- Age of 60 years or older
While these characteristics indicate a higher risk of having glaucoma, patients without any of these characteristics can still suffer from glaucoma. Annual eye exams are suggested for all patients above 50 years old. Those under 50 should consider comprehensive eye examinations every other year to ensure maintained ocular health.