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When it comes to glaucoma risk, look to your roots

Your chances of developing glaucoma increase if there is a family history of the disease. Unfortunately, glaucoma is a silent disease and most people don't realize they have it until they notice changes in their vision. A comprehensive dilated eye exam can catch the disease in its early stages. Left untreated, glaucoma can cause vision loss and even blindness. The most common form of the disease is primary open-angle glaucoma. Glaucoma affects the optic nerve, which is responsible for carrying visual signals to the brain. Not only does a family history put people at an increased risk but African Americans who are over the age of 40 and everyone else who is over the age of 60 are at a higher risk. A dilated eye exam is recommended every 1 to 2 years and when detected early, glaucoma can be controlled with medication and surgery.*

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