People at Risk
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.
People at greater risk for glaucoma:
- People of African-American descent
- Adults over the age of 50 years
- Those with a significant family history of glaucoma
- People who have diabetes
- Nearsighted patients
- People with high intraocular pressure
- African-Americans have a greater than average chances of developing glaucoma than do people of other racial backgrounds
- The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) now recommends that people with other risk factors for glaucoma have their eyes examined
- Corticosteroids that are inhaled are most often used to treat asthma and have been reported to raise intraocular pressure (IOP)
Get the Facts about Glaucoma
Provided courtesy of the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health, is a pertinent website contains frequently asked questions about the symptoms, detection, and treatment of glaucoma. This is a great place for recently diagnosed patients that gather additional information.
The Glaucoma Foundation
The Glaucoma Foundation is a non-profit eye care organization dedicated to leading the fight against glaucoma and identifying new treatment options. This website has general information regarding glaucoma and it provides glaucoma resources including a page where patients, families, and friends can locate support groups.
American Glaucoma Society
The American Glaucoma Society strives to promote treatments or care for individuals with glaucoma by supporting ophthalmologists who treat the disease. Contact the American Glaucoma Society, P.O. Box 45161, San Francisco CA 94145-0161