Glaucoma is an eye disease that places pressure on the optic nerve. And, if the pressure is left untreated it can leave you permanently blind. Because glaucoma typically doesn’t start to manifest itself until it is irreparable, it’s important that you come into Precision Vision every year to get checked for it. Although anybody can develop glaucoma, you are more at risk for developing it if you are older in age, have a family history, are of a certain race, or have high nearsightedness. Read on to learn more about these risk factors and how they relate to glaucoma.
If your grandparents and parents had glaucoma, your risk of developing it are substantially increased. In fact, genetics are linked to all forms of glaucoma, specifically glaucoma that is present at birth. Make sure that you notify your eye doctor at Precision Vision if you have a family history of this disease.
Although glaucoma can inflict infants, it is primarily prevalent amongst the elderly. Specifically, it affects individuals over the age of 40. In fact, for every year you age, you are more likely to develop glaucoma. If you are over the age of 40 and don’t get annual eye exams, make sure to get into the habit of doing so in 2017.
Did you know that glaucoma is more prevalent amongst African Americans and Hispanics? In fact, according to the American Optometric Association, African Americans over the age of 40 are more likely to develop glaucoma than caucasians, and are also more likely to become blind because of it. According to this same study, Hispanics over the age of 60 are more likely to get glaucoma than their caucasian counterparts.
Do you suffer from high nearsightedness? Do you have to wear glasses that have the prescription strength of a magnifying glass? Some studies point to the fact that because of increased pressure caused by nearsightedness, patients who suffer from it are more likely to get glaucoma.
Remember that the best way to protect yourself from vision problems is by visiting Precision Vision every year for an eye exam. By catching glaucoma early on, you can help shield your eyes from blindness. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Precision Vision today!