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Glaucoma has no symptoms and can rob you of your vision. It occurs most often in men and women over the age of forty.
Dr. Robert Fechtner, Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, explains the importance of regular eye exams and how they can help you protect your vision.
Do you know if you have glaucoma? It has no symptoms and it can rob you of your vision before you know it.
Glaucoma can affect anyone, but most often occurs in men and women over the age of 40. You are at increased risk if you have a family member with glaucoma, are African American, or Latino. If caught early, glaucoma can be controlled.
If you already have glaucoma, follow your doctor's instructions, be sure to keep your appointments, and ask about opportunities in clinical trials.
Do yourself a favor. Save your vision by getting your eyes tested. If you haven't seen your eye doctor in a while, make an appointment for a thorough examination including testing for glaucoma. Don't let glaucoma steal your site.For more information, visit the websites of the American Glaucoma Society, the Glaucoma Research Foundation, or talk to your eye care provider.
Robert D. Fechtner. MD is the Empire Innovation Scholar and Chair in the Department of Ophthalmology at SUNY Upstate Medical University, and Executive Vice President of the World Glaucoma Association. He is a regular featured speaker at the Glaucoma 360 New Horizons Forum presented annually by Glaucoma Research Foundation in San Francisco.
Last reviewed on October 29, 2017