Are You at Risk For Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is an vision problem caused by damage to the optic nerve, usually caused by increased pressure of the fluid contained in the eye. Everyone is at risk for glaucoma. However, certain groups are at higher risk than others.
People at high risk for glaucoma should get a complete eye exam, including eye dilation, at least every two years. High risk groups include having a family history of glaucoma, being over the age of 60, use of steroids, previous injuries to the eye and specific racial groups (eg african-Americans have a six fold increase over causcasians).
Other possible risk factors include:
* high myopia (nearsightedness)
There is no specific screening recommendation for the general population although the special interest groups recommend a review from the age of 40 years.
It is important to discuss screening with your Doctor if you have increased risk factors.