Glaucoma Myths vs Facts #3

Glaucoma Myths vs Facts #3

Myth- No one in my family has glaucoma therefore, I won’t get the disease since glaucoma is inherited. 

Fact – It is true that certain forms of glaucoma are inherited and that your family history does play an important role, but this does not mean that you won’t be affected. Many glaucoma patients are the first to be diagnosed in their family. If you are the only person in your family with glaucoma, it is even more important that family members get screened for glaucoma. Other Types of Glaucoma are variations of open-angle or angle- closure types and can occur in one or both of your eyes. Some of these types include secondary glaucoma, pigmentary glaucoma and neovascular glaucoma among others. Traumatic glaucoma is any glaucoma caused by an injury to the eye. This type of glaucoma can occur both immediately after an injury to the eye or years later. It can be caused by injuries that “bruise” the eye (called blunt trauma) and injuries that penetrate the eye. Although it can’t be cured, there are treatments to stop it from stealing your sight if it’s diagnosed early. Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve.

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