Glaucoma testing should be a regular part of your eye care routine. If you haven't been tested or haven't been tested recently, it's time to change that.
There are a handful of misconceptions about glaucoma that have persisted through the years - like glaucoma only affecting the elderly - that push glaucoma testing off of people's priority lists. That is a mistake. Your vision is a vital part of your life and nothing is worth risking it. Vision care requires constant vigilance and regular exams.
Why should you get tested for glaucoma? Read on to find out.
1. Early Detection is Super Important
Glaucoma can cause partial and total vision loss. The earlier that symptoms of glaucoma are detected, treatment can begin and can often prevent some of the more serious effects of the disease. But, glaucoma's symptoms aren't as obvious as you may think. That's why it's important to get regular comprehensive eye exams. Optometrists have the equipment and expertise to recognize symptoms before you do and you can get a jump on critical treatment. With a dilated eye exam, an optometrist can get a close look at the optic nerve (which is what glaucoma negatively affects).
2. It Can Reveal a Deeper Issue
While glaucoma can cause significant damage on its own, it can also serve as a signal that something deeper is wrong with your body. Studies have shown that blood pressure can play a role in optic nerve damage. If symptoms of glaucoma are detected, it could indicate that your blood pressure isn't what it's supposed to be for healthy functioning. That could lead to a productive (and preventative) visit to your primary care physician, who will address how to improve your blood pressure situation - improving your overall health.
3. Anybody Can Get Glaucoma
Glaucoma is often thought of as something 'other people' get. The truth is, everybody is at risk. The human eye is a complicated and delicate ecosystem. Whether it's blood pressure, eye pressure, or another cause, the optic nerve can be damaged at any age. While older people and people with a family history of glaucoma are at a higher risk, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't be diligent about glaucoma testing. A comprehensive eye exam can also help you and your eye doctor discover any genetic abnormalities that could put you at risk for developing the disease.
Your vision is highly important. Glaucoma is a risk that deserves your attention now. Make glaucoma testing a part of your regular eye care routine. Your eyes will thank you!