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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.
Read more about causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma.
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