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How important is it to be tested for glaucoma if it runs in the family?

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Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Once a year, or more

Family history is just one of several risk factors for glaucoma.
Nearly all other risk factors can be detected only by a thorough eye exam (corrected entry).

In brief: Once a year, or more

Family history is just one of several risk factors for glaucoma.
Nearly all other risk factors can be detected only by a thorough eye exam (corrected entry).
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
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Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Really important

After 40, you should be tested every year even with no family history.

In brief: Really important

After 40, you should be tested every year even with no family history.
Dr. Michael Flax
Dr. Michael Flax
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Dr. Robert Chang
Ophthalmology

In brief: Screening eye exam

It is best to obtain a screening eye exam to see if there is any suspicion for glaucoma so that a baseline could be established and then an intervention could take place early if progressive optic nerve damage is uncovered.
Relevant family history is immediate family members.

In brief: Screening eye exam

It is best to obtain a screening eye exam to see if there is any suspicion for glaucoma so that a baseline could be established and then an intervention could take place early if progressive optic nerve damage is uncovered.
Relevant family history is immediate family members.
Dr. Robert Chang
Dr. Robert Chang
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Dr. Tal Raviv
Ophthalmology

In brief: Once a year, or more

Glaucoma usually comes on later in life, even with a family history.
Once a year checkups are generally sufficient. This should include intra-ocular eye pressure (iop) checks, but more importanly a thorough optic nerve evaluation - as often glaucoma can begin without initial high iop. If there is any glaucoma suspicion based on appearance of optic nerves or iop more frequent checks are recommended.

In brief: Once a year, or more

Glaucoma usually comes on later in life, even with a family history.
Once a year checkups are generally sufficient. This should include intra-ocular eye pressure (iop) checks, but more importanly a thorough optic nerve evaluation - as often glaucoma can begin without initial high iop. If there is any glaucoma suspicion based on appearance of optic nerves or iop more frequent checks are recommended.
Dr. Tal Raviv
Dr. Tal Raviv
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