As we recognize Healthy Vision Month this May, we want to emphasize the importance of getting annual eye exams and being informed about common diseases that can lead to vision loss. One such disease is glaucoma, a major cause of irreversible vision loss worldwide. At Inland Eye LASIK, we specialize in vision correction procedures such as LASIK and understand the importance of raising awareness about sight-threatening conditions like glaucoma. 

Glaucoma is often referred to as the “silent thief of sight” because it can progress silently, causing damage to the optic nerve and leading to blindness if left untreated. It is indeed one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide, making it crucial to understand its risk factors and take proactive steps towards prevention. 

Common risk factors for glaucoma include: 

  • Age: While glaucoma can affect individuals of any age, the risk increases with age, particularly after the age of 60. 
  • Family history: Having a family member with glaucoma increases your likelihood of developing the condition. 
  • Ethnicity: People of African, Hispanic, or Asian descent are at higher risk. 
  • Medical conditions: Conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease may increase the risk of glaucoma. 
  • Eye health: Previous eye injuries, chronic eye inflammation, and certain medications can also elevate the risk. 

It’s essential to undergo regular eye exams, especially as you age, to detect glaucoma early when treatment is most effective. While Inland Eye LASIK does not offer glaucoma treatment, we encourage our patients to prioritize their eye health by scheduling annual eye exams

Many individuals with controlled glaucoma can still successfully undergo LASIK. However, discussing your medical history and treatment plan with your eye care provider is essential to determine if LASIK is the right choice for you. If you’re considering LASIK and have glaucoma or other eye conditions, scheduling a consultation with an experienced LASIK surgeon is highly recommended. They can offer personalized guidance based on your unique circumstances, helping you make an informed decision about your vision correction options. 

If you’re concerned about glaucoma or other eye conditions, we recommend visiting Pacific Eye Institute, where you can receive comprehensive eye care and screenings for glaucoma. Early detection and management are key to preserving your vision and enjoying a lifetime of clear sight. 

Take charge of your eye health today by scheduling your annual eye exam. Visit Pacific Eye Institute for glaucoma screenings and comprehensive eye care.

Remember, your vision is precious – don’t wait until it’s too late. Schedule your exam today and prioritize your eye health for a brighter tomorrow.