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Anyone can develop glaucoma. Some people are at higher risk:

  • African Americans over 40. 
  • Everyone over 60, especially Mexican Americans. 
  • People with a family history of glaucoma.

A comprehensive dilated eye exam can reveal more risk factors, such as high eye pressure, thinness of the cornea, and abnormal optic nerve anatomy. Some people with certain combinations of these high-risk factors take medicines in the form of eye drops to reduce the risk of developing glaucoma by fifty percent. Medicare covers an annual comprehensive dilated eye exam for some at high risk for glaucoma.

Initially, there are no symptoms as vision remains normal with no pain. As the disease progresses, a person with glaucoma may notice their peripheral or side vision gradually failing with objects in front still seen clearly, but objects on the side may be missed. If glaucoma remains untreated, people will slowly lose their peripheral vision.

Increased eye pressure means you are at risk for glaucoma, but does not mean you have the disease. A person has glaucoma only if the optic nerve is damaged. If you have increased eye pressure but no damage to the optic nerve, you do not have glaucoma, but you are at risk. Be sure to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year.

Unfortunately, the damage caused by glaucoma can’t be reversed. But treatment and regular checkups can help slow or prevent vision loss, especially if you catch the disease in its early stages. Early detection, and adherence to prescribed eye drop therapy is critical to maintain your current vision.

Glaucoma is treated by lowering your eye pressure (intraocular pressure). Depending on your test results, your options may include prescription eye drops, oral medications, laser treatment, surgery or a combination of any of these.

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