Glaucoma can impact anyone or any family. All people should be concerned about the glaucoma disease and the potential harm it could cause someone’s life. Because this disease is also known as the sneak thief of sight we must remind each other, especially our elders to get regular eye examinations. Early detection could save your vision.
Anyone can be affected by glaucoma; however, there is a higher risk for:
Individuals over 60
Those with a family history of glaucoma
Asian-Americans are at a higher risk for Angle Closure Glaucoma, which accounts for less than 10 percent of cases
Individuals using steroids, particularly the use of steroid inhalers for severe asthma
Individuals with Diabetes or Hypothyroidism
Individuals that have suffered a blow to the head or a direct eye injury may develop glaucoma immediately after the trauma or years later
If you fall into one of these high-risk categories or are concerned that you may develop glaucoma and want to prevent vision loss, it is important to visit the eye doctor regularly. Our glaucoma surgeon, Richard Lewis, M.D., will be able to detect glaucoma if you have it and can recommend treatment to reduce the risks or results of the disease. To find out if you are eligible for glaucoma surgery or one of our glaucoma research studies in Sacramento, contact Sacramento Eye Consultants today.