Get Checked For Glaucoma Before It’s Too Late
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the U.S. More than 3 million Americans have glaucoma but only about half know it.
There are two main types of glaucoma and the most common type has no initial symptoms — the pressure in the eye builds up gradually. At a point, the optic nerve is damaged and peripheral vision is lost and once it is lost, it cannot be regained. Without treatment, total blindness can occur.
The only way to accurately diagnose glaucoma is for an eye doctor to check your optic nerve in a comprehensive eye examination.
Are You at Risk for Glaucoma?
While everyone is at risk for glaucoma, certain people may be at a higher risk and should be checked more frequently. The major risk factors for glaucoma are:
If you fall into these risk factors, then you’re at risk for developing glaucoma. It’s important that you schedule an eye exam today.