Glaucoma is often called the “silent thief of sight” since it is an eye condition that can cause permanent vision loss with minimal symptoms in the early stages of the disease. This eye condition can occur in people of all ages and ethnicities, although it’s been found that certain risk factors increase the likelihood of a diagnosis. Knowing these risk factors can be helpful to determine the best eye exam schedule and treatment plan with your optometrist.
These are some of the risk factors that raise the likelihood of glaucoma diagnosis:
Lifestyle is an important factor that plays a role in the development of a variety of eye diseases. If you want to protect your eyesight, then talk to your eye doctor about lifestyle changes. For example, it is helpful to eat a healthy, nutritious diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants. Exercise daily, protect your eyes from sun exposure, and don’t smoke. Also, be sure that you are treating other health conditions that can impact vision, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Also, maintain consistent eye exams so your optometrist can identify early stages of common eye diseases. If it’s time to schedule an appointment, then we invite you to contact our team at our Murrieta office at (951) 600-9226, or our Temecula office at (951) 302-1331.