What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is often associated with a buildup of pressure inside the eye, along with decreased nerve fiber tissue within the optic nerve. Glaucoma can be associated with genetic components inherited from family members. If others in your family have been diagnosed with this disorder, it is important that you get yourself checked for any risks. Over time, glaucoma will cause permanent loss of vision, without treatment glaucoma can cause total permanent blindness within a few years. Doctors Vision Care has all the necessary tools and technology to check for your risk of glaucoma.
Are you at high risk for Glaucoma?
- If you are over the age of 40 and if you have a family history of glaucoma.
- The Glaucoma Research Foundation recommends that African-Americans get a thorough check for glaucoma every one to two years after age 35.
- If you have diabetes or high blood pressure.
- Hispanic Americans in older age groups are also at greater risk for glaucoma.
- Steroid Users – adults who require approximately 14 to 35 puffs of steroid inhaler to control asthma have an increased incidence of glaucoma.
- Eye Injury – Injury to the eye may cause secondary open-angle glaucoma. This type of glaucoma can occur immediately after the injury or years later.
How Does Glaucoma Testing Work?
Glaucoma testing includes a number of different tests which determine someone’s risk for developing glaucoma, as well as, the diagnosis of the disease itself.