Do some research on your family’s medical history so that you can share this important information with your ophthalmologist. Telling your ophthalmologist the types of eye diseases that run in your family may prompt him or her to recommend more frequent eye exams.  The earlier eye disease’s are caught, the better chances you may have of saving your vision.- Eye Smart 

It may be easy to see that beauty is deeply rooted in your family tree. But some things that are passed down from generation to generation are not as easily seen—like glaucoma, an eye disease that runs in families and often has no warning signs.

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damages the eye’s optic nerve, which carries visual signals to the brain. It can lead to vision loss or blindness if left untreated. Primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of this disease. Quite often, by the time people are diagnosed with glaucoma they have already begun to notice changes in their side, or peripheral, vision. It’s important not to wait until you notice vision problems to see your eye care professional.

“Studies show that at least half of all persons with glaucoma don’t know they have this potentially blinding eye disease,” said National Eye Institute (NEI) director Dr. Paul Sieving. “The good news is that glaucoma can be detected in its early stages through a comprehensive dilated eye exam.”……..

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Source: Hudson Valley Press Online & Eye Smart

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