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Glaucoma - How you can prevent blindness with regular checkups

Written by Editorial Team |Updated : March 25, 2015 4:20 PM IST

Eye doctor As we told you in our post earlier, Glaucoma is a very dangerous disorder of the optic nerve because of the silent nature of its attack. If you are pre-disposed to glaucoma,you cannot do too much about it. However, with regular checkups, you can detect it early and with lifelong treatment, prevent blindness.

The general guidelines for a glaucoma check-up - Once every two to four years before age 40, once every one to three years from ages 40-54, once every one or two years from age 55 to 64, once every six to 12 months after age 65.

If you have a family history of glaucoma, Higher spectacle numbers (more than -4 or +4), usage of certain eye medications (like steroids) for a long time without doctor's supervision, usage of steroids for a long time for any auto-immune or kidney disease, an old eye injury or a history of diabetes and/or hypertension, you are more at risk for developing glaucoma and should start with checkups every six to 12 months even before the age of 35.

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