Glaucoma is the leading preventable cause of irreversible blindness; by 2040, over 110 million people around the world will have glaucoma. Regular eye exams are the best way to protect against the damage caused by glaucoma.
Glaucoma progressively damages vision, and it can do so without warning causing damage that isn’t obvious until it’s too late! Treatment can effectively limit progression of the disease but it cannot reverse damage that has already been done. So it is crucial you have your eyes tested regularly… the less damage done, the more of your vision can be saved.
What can you do to prevent Glaucoma?
Currently, regular eye exams are the best prevention against significant glaucoma damage. Early detection and careful, lifelong treatment can maintain vision in most people.
So how often should you have your eyes checked?
- Before 40 – every two to four years
- From 40 to 60 – every two to three years
- After 60 – every year
- For anyone with high risk, you should be tested every year or two after 35.
You will have higher risk if you:
- Are of African descent
- Have a family history of glaucoma (risk increases 10 fold if your parent or sibling has glaucoma)
- Have any one of various medical conditions
- Sleep apnoea
- High or low blood pressure