Tests and Treatment for Glaucoma

As we get older, we lose retinal ganglion cells and our retinal nerve fiber layer gets thinner. However, in glaucoma, these ganglion cells are lost more quickly and peripheral vision can be affected. The vast majority of glaucoma patients will not experience severe vision loss. Lowering eye pressure by 20% with eye drops decreases theContinue reading “Tests and Treatment for Glaucoma”

Risk Factors for Glaucoma

High intraocular pressures and age are strong risk factors for developing glaucoma. The risk increases considerably at age 40 for African-Americans and at age 60 for the general population. Other important risk factors aside from high eye pressure and age include: family history of glaucoma; African or Hispanic ancestry; and nearsightedness. Additional risk factors forContinue reading “Risk Factors for Glaucoma”