Your genes can say a lot about you. They can dictate your hair color, your skin color, your height, and can even, unfortunately, impact what diseases you inherit. Although glaucoma can be caused by a variety of different factors, it is largely due to genetics, family history, and aging. In fact, studies have shown that over 100 genes have been found to cause glaucoma— some of which show up without a family history.
If you have a family history of glaucoma or if you have recently been diagnosed with this disease, the best thing you can do is know how to manage it. Because there still isn’t a cure for glaucoma, management and treatment options are your best bet. Let’s take a closer look at what you can do.
Schedule Regular Eye Exams
The sooner we diagnose you with glaucoma and the sooner we start to treat it, the easier it should be for us to manage in most cases. Depending on your family history, overall health, and how advanced your glaucoma is will determine how often we will encourage you to come in for eye exams.
Take Treatment Seriously
Depending on how advanced your glaucoma is will help us determine what type of treatment is best. Treatments include medications (like eye drops), laser, and surgery. Make sure that you take your treatment very seriously and that you get the proper treatment done for your stage of glaucoma. For instance, if we encourage you to use eye drops every day, make sure that you don’t miss a day.
Glaucoma is the number one cause of blindness in the United States, but if it is caught early on, it can be easily treated in most instances. If you have a family history of glaucoma or if you need an eye exam, schedule an appointment at one of our Eye and Lasik Center locations today. Call us at (800) 676-5050.