11.03.2010

Glaucoma has "a silent onset"

Glaucoma has "a silent onset"

By Adrian Galbreth

The fact that glaucoma"s onset is silent is a central factor behind why the disease often damages vision before people know they have it, contact lens wearers have been told.

It is also a chief reason why eye exams are so important, according to Andrew Iwach, spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and glaucoma expert.

He pointed out that ophthalmologists "can detect the subtle, early signs of glaucoma and provide treatment that will help people keep their best possible vision".

Some of the top risk factors for glaucoma, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, include being over the age of 65, having elevated eye pressure and having a family history of glaucoma.

Having African, Asian or Latino descent is also another risk factor, along with having related health problems, such as diabetes or low blood pressure.

In recent comments Richard Tolson, service development manager for Health and Social Care at Action for Blind People, advised people to have a full eye examination rather than using a home testing kit.

by Emily Tait


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