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World Glaucoma Week 2017 #7 – March 18

Week In Review

NEI/NIH Info card: Is there more to see in your family tree? Glaucoma runs in families.

Courtesy: National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health (NEI/NIH)

Now, this is embarrassing. I thought I was being ultra clever by pre-scheduling my draft glaucoma posts for this week. Since I had a morning appointment I changed today’s post time to later in the afternoon to give myself some time to update it prior to publication.

Well, you can probably guess what happened. Yeah, it was published at noon with only a title. Tsk, tsk, I’m so disgusted right now for a number of reasons but I refuse to let this become a rant. So without further ado let’s begin.

I covered quite a bit of ground this week on glaucoma and I hope you are a little more familiar with the disease and steps you can take to preserve your eyesight. The American Academy of Ophthalmology states that people who have a higher than normal risk are:

  • over age 40
  • have family members with glaucoma
  • are of African or Hispanic heritage
  • have high eye pressure
  • are farsighted or nearsighted
  • have had an eye injury
  • have corneas that are thin in the center
  • have thinning of the optic nerve
  • have diabetes, migraines, poor blood circulation or other health problems affecting the whole body

Talk with an ophthalmologist about your risk for getting glaucoma. People with more than one of these risk factors have an even higher risk of glaucoma.

If you missed any glaucoma-related posts from this week following are links to each one:

  1. Eye-Q Test
  2. What You Need To Know
  3. Seeing Through Glaucoma Diagnosed Eyes
  4. Glaucoma By The Numbers
  5. Main Types Of Glaucoma
  6. Arriving At A Diagnosis

Remember you are the advocate for your health. Stay on top of your healthcare, be informed by asking questions and don’t stop until you have satisfactory answers.




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