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Reducing Your Risk of Glaucoma

There are no specific guidelines for preventing or reducing your risk of glaucoma.

Early detection and treatment of glaucoma, before it causes major vision loss, is the best way to control the disease. Since vision loss is gradual and usually only affects the peripheral vision at first, most people do not notice any visual changes until significant damage has been done.

You should have your eyes examined regularly by an eye care specialist, especially if you are at high risk for glaucoma. (Refer to the screening for recommendations on frequency.) Talk to your doctor about how often you should have an eye examination.

Revision Information

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  • Fleming C, Whitlock EP, Beil T, Smit B, Harris RP. Screening for primary open-angle glaucoma in the primary care setting: an update for the US preventive services task force. Ann Fam Med. 2005(2);3:167-170.

  • Open-angle glaucoma. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what. Updated January 25, 2016. Accessed March 1, 2016.

  • What is glaucoma? Glaucoma Research Foundation website. Available at: http://www.glaucoma.org/glaucoma. Accessed March 1, 2016.

The health information in this Health Library is provided by a third party. Cartersville Medical Center does not in any way create the content of this information. It is provided solely for informational purposes. It does not constitute medical advice and is not intended to be a substitute for proper medical care provided by a physician. Always consult with your doctor for appropriate examinations, treatment, testing, and care recommendations. Do not rely on information on this site as a tool for self-diagnosis. If you have a medical emergency, call 911.