Glaucoma is the second leading cause of preventable blindness in the world.
It is important to have regular testing for glaucoma, especially if you are in one of the higher risk groups for this eye disease.
- African-Americans over age 40.
- People over 60 years of age, especially Mexican-Americans in this age group.
- If you have a family history of glaucoma
Early detection is essential to preserving your vision. We test your eye pressure at every routine exam to look for signs of elevated eye pressure. Increased pressure in the eye can cause damage to the optic nerve.
The good news is that in many cases, glaucoma can be controlled with medicated eye drops. If medication alone is not sufficient, there are laser and surgical treatments that can help alleviate eye pressure.
Talk to our doctors about your risk factors for this disease. We can help you understand the warning signs, and note any changes in your vision.
It is important to know your family’s medical history. Check with your grandparents and parents about their overall health as well as the health of their eyes. This information could be helpful to keeping yourself and your children healthy.