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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 is the best way to control the disease before it causes major vision loss. 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 section for recommendations on frequency.) Talk to your doctor about how often you should have an eye exam.

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Open-angle glaucoma. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at:http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114157/Open-angle-glaucoma. Updated January 24, 2018. Accessed February 2, 2018.

What is glaucoma? Glaucoma Research Foundation website. Available at: http://www.glaucoma.org/glaucoma. Accessed February 12, 2018.

Last reviewed March 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD  Last Updated: 3/15/2015