Each January, Prevent Blindness America works with eye doctors to raise awareness about glaucoma, the risk factors for glaucoma and how to prevent vision loss from glaucoma. Houston patients should be especially sensitive to the fact that in African-American and Hispanic populations, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness. There is a considerable increase in the number of patients being diagnosed with glaucoma each year. This may simply reflect our aging population or the fact that people are being more diligent about getting regular eye exams. We know that glaucoma risk factors can include family history of glaucoma-especially among siblings, certain diseases like diabetes and other vascular diseases, sleep apnea and even the hormonal changes from early menopause can increase your risk of glaucoma. We also know that there is an increase is risk as patients transcend through their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. The key step in preventing vision loss from glaucoma is early detection, diagnosis and treatment and thus the importance of regular eye examinations to preserve vision especially for our aging population. We strongly recommend that siblings of glaucoma patients be screened each and every year as their risk of developing glaucoma is some 5 times higher than the typical population.
If you or someone you know has questions about glaucoma, their individual glaucoma risk or needs an eye exam for glaucoma please call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or facebook.com/ecot.lasik to schedule an appointment.
The Eye Clinic of Texas is an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, the largest ophthalmology clinic in the nation.