• Reducing Your Risk of Glaucoma

    There are no specific guidelines for preventing or reducing your risk of glaucoma.
    Early detection and treatment of glaucoma, before it causes major vision loss, is the best way to control the disease. Since vision loss is gradual and usually only affects the peripheral vision at first, most patients don't notice any visual changes until significant damage has been done.
    You should have your eyes examined regularly by an eye care specialist, especially if you are at high risk for glaucoma. (Refer to the screening for recommendations on frequency.) Remember, you might have glaucoma right now and not know it. If left untreated, you can have permanent vision loss. Regularly get a comprehensive eye examination.

    References

    Fleming C, Whitlock EP, Beil T, et al. Screening for primary open-angle glaucoma in the primary care setting: an update for the US preventive services task force. Ann Fam Med. 2005;3:167.

    The Glaucoma Foundation website. Available at: http://www.glaucomafoundation.org/ .

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