Glaucoma is a chronic illness that is sometimes hard to diagnose. Patients usually do not feel any symptoms, therefor they do not seek medical attention. This is why it is so important to get regular glaucoma screenings! It can progress rapidly without the appropriate treatment.
Glaucoma is the most common optic neuropathy in adults. Is it defined as an optic condition that can cause abnormal pressure in the eyes. If you go without treatment, the damage is irreversible.
Age by itself is a major risk factor. In a recent study, we found that patients in their 70’s had an almost x4 the risk for developing glaucoma than patents in their 40’s.
Race is also a risk factor. Black individuals have a 3-4x higher risk than white people to develop glaucoma.
Family history is a risk factor as well. People with first degree relatives with glaucoma are at a higher risk of developing it.
The thickness of your cornea also has to do with glaucoma. Patients with thinner inner corneas have a higher chance of developing glaucoma.
Myopia and Diabetes Mellitus are thought to be related, but no hard evidence is present to show relation.
There has been emphasis on glaucoma screenings since most of the times there isn’t a clear sign or symptom for when it is beginning.
The main purpose of the screening is to catch glaucoma in the early stages, so it can be treated and the condition of your eyes doesn’t worsen.
Progression can be slow and the patient may not realize anything is happening, but in some cases it can rapidly worsen.
There are many reasons why you should get regular glaucoma screenings. Please call us or visit our website to learn more!