Getting Screened for Glaucoma

By Tara Dairman | March 6, 2009 3:36 pm

Next Thursday, March 12, is the second annual World Glaucoma Day. Because people with diabetes have a higher risk of developing glaucoma (about twice the risk of those without diabetes), this may be a good time to brush up your knowledge of steps you can take to prevent and treat this sight-robbing condition. Getting screened for glaucoma is crucial, because it has no early warning signs.

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Glaucoma causes damage to the optic nerve in the eye and can lead to vision loss if not treated. There are several different types of glaucoma — you can read about the variations in our Diabetes Definition of glaucoma[1]. Here are some quick facts about the condition, courtesy of the National Eye Institute (NEI), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH):


You may be thinking, “If glaucoma has no early warning signs, how can I take steps to prevent or treat it?” The most important thing you can do is to have regular dilated eye exams, since eye-care professionals can see early warning signs of glaucoma and other eye disorders before symptoms become apparent. People with diabetes should have a dilated eye exam performed once a year by an ophthalmologist[2] or optometrist.

You can read about ongoing research into the genetics of glaucoma and potential future treatments in this news release[3] from the NEI. You can also visit their Web page[4] to learn more about glaucoma, including information about currently available tests and treatment options. Finally, visit the Eyes & Vision[5] section of this Web site for articles on all aspects of eye health and diabetes.

  1. Diabetes Definition of glaucoma:
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