When you come into visit Dr. David Aizuss every year for your eye exam, you will not only undergo a standard vision exam, but you will also be tested for glaucoma. As an eye disease that causes increased pressure in the eye, if left untreated, glaucoma can cause blindness. This article will discuss three unique things that everyone should know about glaucoma. Read on to learn more.
It’s the Leading Cause of Blindness
The biggest reason why Dr. David Aizuss will check you every year for glaucoma is the fact that it is the leading cause of blindness. In fact, it is estimated that 10% of patients who have glaucoma and don’t get it treated, will go blind at some point in their life. As the last thing that Dr. Aizuss wants for you, getting checked for glaucoma will help you to catch it early on.
It Can Be Painful
Depending on how advanced your glaucoma is, it may become painful— specifically if you have acute angle-closure glaucoma. The pain you may experience will start out as a headache and will advance into eye pain as your glaucoma gets worse. If you have started to experience pain in your eye or extreme headaches that simply won’t go away, make sure that you get tested for glaucoma.
Your Race Plays a Factor
Did you know that if you are African-American or Latino that you at a higher risk of developing glaucoma than other races? According to The Glaucoma Research Foundation, if you are one of these two races, you need to be checked for glaucoma on a more consistent basis. During your first evaluation and as part of our questionnaire, you will be asked what race you are— this is not discriminatory but solely for medical purposes.
Dr. David Aizuss has experience treating patients with all different stages of glaucoma. If you have a family history of this disease or simply have never been tested, make sure that you get an eye exam sooner than later. To schedule your eye examination or to learn more about glaucoma, contact Dr. David Aizuss today!