Millions of people worldwide are affected by glaucoma. This group of eye conditions can cause damage to your optic nerve, which is responsible for carrying images to your brain.
Known as the “silent thief of sight”, glaucoma can lead to irreversible blindness. Unfortunately, some people have a higher than average risk of developing glaucoma. It is important to know the risk factors of developing this visual complication in order to facilitate early detection.
Glaucoma Risk Factors
You can have one or more risk factors for developing glaucoma and never suffer from the condition. However, if any of the following factors apply to you, you should consider scheduling an appointment with our ophthalmologists to evaluate the health of your eyes.
Some individuals may have a higher risk of developing glaucoma, including those who:
- Are over the age of 40
- Have a family history of the condition
- Have high eye pressure
- Are of Asian, Hispanic or African descent
- Are nearsighted or farsighted
- Have diabetes
- Have had trauma to one or both eyes
- Have taken certain steroid medications for a long period of time
If you have multiple risk factors, you may have an even higher risk of glaucoma. However, by understanding the most common risk factors, you are taking a big step in proactively protecting your vision.
If you are at an increased risk of developing this visual complication, please contact our ophthalmologists. At Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates, we can help determine your risk and discuss what steps you can take to protect your vision.
Should I See an Ophthalmologist?
It is important to see an ophthalmologist if you are at a higher risk of developing glaucoma. Additionally, if you experience any symptoms of the disease, you should seek immediate attention.
Glaucoma symptoms can include:
- Blind spots in your peripheral vision
- Blurred or decreased vision
- Halos around lights
- Eye pain
- Red eyes
- Tunnel vision
Most people do not experience any symptoms of glaucoma in the early stages of the condition. That is why regular, comprehensive eye exams are essential to early detection and early treatment efforts.
Glaucoma tests and painless and do not take a long time to complete. Our ophthalmologists will dilate your eyes in order to thoroughly test your vision. We will examine the health of your optic nerve and check your eye pressure.
If our ophthalmologists determine that you have glaucoma, we will discuss your options controlling the progression of the disease. We may prescribe medications, often in the form of eye drops, during the early stages of glaucoma. During the later stages, a surgical procedure such as canaloplasty or the implantation of an XEN® Gel stent may be more effective.
Schedule a Consultation with our New Jersey Ophthalmologists
Our ophthalmologists have helped many patients detect and treat glaucoma. Call Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates at 732-349-5622 to learn more about your risk of developing this condition during a personalized consultation. We have offices located in Toms River, Brick, Barnegat, and Marlboro for your convenience.