By aitkineyeca32139567, Jan 20 2020 02:00PM
Are You at Risk for Glaucoma?
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, and I wanted to share with you the importance of being monitored for this “sneak thief of sight.” Glaucoma slowly causes the loss of eyesight by damaging the optic nerve.
Because symptoms often don’t accompany glaucoma and because it’s not usually painful, you may be suffering from this condition and not even know it. Thankfully, your eye doctor can monitor your risk levels if you stay committed to regular exams. Glaucoma can be controlled but not cured, so early detection is critical.
If you have any of the risk factors for glaucoma and haven’t had an exam recently, you definitely need to be seen by your optometrist. Some risk factors include age (60 years or older), ethnicity (African-Americans and Hispanics are at a higher risk), family history, steroid use, diabetes, high-blood pressure, and high eye pressure levels.
If you fall into any of these categories, make an appointment today to assess your risk for glaucoma. Eyesight is precious; don’t let the “sneak thief of sight” take it from you.