Glaucoma affects people of all ages, from babies to older adults. While glaucoma can affect anyone, those at higher risk to develop the disease are:
Research has not yet determined why the eye’s drainage canals stop working correctly. We do know that glaucoma is not caused by too much reading, reading in low light, diet, wearing contact lenses, or other normal activities. We also know that glaucoma is not contagious, is not life-threatening, and rarely leads to blindness if found early and treated correctly.
What can you do to prevent glaucoma?
You should have a glaucoma eye exam as part of your regular eye exams. Everyone should have a thorough glaucoma exam around the age of 40, then every two to four years afterward. If you are at higher risk, your should have a thorough exam every one to two years after age 35.
Sight loss resulting from glaucoma cannot be reversed. However, early detection and careful, lifelong treatment can maintain vision. Glaucoma can often be controlled with medication or surgery. If you are diagnosed, it is important that you follow your treatment plan without fail.
*Information courtesy of
Glaucoma Research Foundation