Learn the Basics of Glaucoma to Prevent Future Blindness
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month a disease that is the leading cause of blindness. There are two main types of glaucoma that progress over time and cannot be cured. The good news is that it is preventable.
Here are 4 ways you can detect and ultimately prevent glaucoma.
1. Know your risk:
Everyone is at risk for glaucoma, but certain people are more at risk for glaucoma than others:
- African Americans and Hispanics over 40
- People over 60
- Family members with glaucoma
- Steroid users
- Myopic patients
- Those suffering from hypertension
- Those who have suffered from an eye injury
2. Understand that there are no real symptoms:
Glaucoma develops without any warning until vision loss occurs. The peripheral vision goes out first followed by central vision. If you experience tunnel vision you should contact your optometrist immediately.
3. Build a relationship with your optometrist:
At Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center we want to help you see your best. Our doctors are here to alleviate any fears you have by educating you on how to prevent vision loss. Communicate with them by asking questions and discussing how you want them to help.
4. Get yearly eye exams:
Getting a comprehensive eye exam at Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center is talked about in several of our articles, but these eye exams are a vital component to overall health. There are additional tests that your optometrist can recommend to detect glaucoma based on the results from your yearly exam.