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Reducing Your Risk of Glaucoma

by Mary Calvagna, MS


There are no specific guidelines for preventing or reducing your risk of glaucoma.


Early detection and treatment of glaucoma, before it causes major vision loss, is the best way to control the disease. Since vision loss is gradual and usually only affects the peripheral vision at first, most patients don't notice any visual changes until significant damage has been done.


You should have your eyes examined regularly by an eye care specialist, especially if you are at high risk for glaucoma. (Refer to the screening for recommendations on frequency.)

SOURCES:

The Glaucoma Foundation




Last reviewed September 2003 by Marc Ellman, MD


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