When you hear the word “glaucoma,” you may think that you have to be near death to get it. And although it typically inflicts elderly individuals, it can inflict anybody at any age— even children. During your yearly optical examination, Dr. David Aizuss will not only perform an eye exam to check for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, but he will also check you for glaucoma. So, why is it so important to be getting checked for glaucoma on a regular basis? Read on to learn more.
There Aren’t Symptoms
The biggest reason for you to get checked on a regular basis is that glaucoma typically doesn’t have any symptoms— which means that you may think you are in the clear when in reality you have this disease. The sooner your glaucoma is detected, the easier it will be to treat it. And because there isn’t yet a cure for glaucoma, if it is left untreated for a long period you could go blind.
Although you don’t have to have a family history of glaucoma to get it, it still one of the biggest contributing factors. In fact, you may have a family history of this condition, but your relatives may not have been tested for it, which means that you and your family have no idea that it’s in your genes.
Another great reason to get tested for glaucoma is that it’s easy, pain-free, and should be covered by your insurance because it is considered to be preventative. During your glaucoma eye exam, the pressure in your eyes will be checked with a pain-free instrument called a tonometer. If there is pressure detected in your eyes, Dr. David Aizuss will conduct a few more exams to make sure you have glaucoma.
Getting checked for glaucoma is a simple procedure that won’t take longer than a few minutes. There are multiple reasons to be frequently checked for this disease including the fact that there are no symptoms if you have a family history of glaucoma, and because it’s easy. If you would like to learn more about glaucoma or if you would like to schedule your yearly eye examination, contact Dr. David Aizuss today!