Is Your Family At Risk For Glaucoma?

If you have a family history of glaucoma, you probably already know about it. Speaking to your aunts and uncles and other family members is an excellent way to find out what health problems your family is prone. But, to begin a conversation about glaucoma, you must know what it is.

A group of diseases having a few types, Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma makes up about 90% of all cases of Glaucoma and is part hereditary.

Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma can damage the eye’s optic nerve. This damage can result in vision loss and even blindness. Certain people are at higher risk for glaucoma, including African Americans over the age of 40; everyone over the age of 60; and, those with a family history of glaucoma.

Referred to as “The Silent Thief of Sight,” Glaucoma often goes unnoticed without any symptoms until the disease has progressed to the point of vision loss. Vision loss due to Glaucoma cannot be restored.

Those with a family history of Glaucoma should make their eye doctor aware of this and continue with regular eye exams as frequent as the doctor recommends (typically once a year).

Check out this video to learn more:

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