Glaucoma Risk Calculator
Are you at risk?
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Although anyone can develop glaucoma, some people have a higher risk – they are those with:
- A family history of glaucoma
- High eye pressure
- Age over 50
- African or Asian descended ethnicity
- Short or long sightedness
- A previous history of eye injury
- Past or present prolonged use of cortisone drugs (steroids)
- High or low blood pressure
Most people are recommended to have a comprehensive eye examination for glaucoma every 2 years from age 50 or when advised by your eye health professional.
For those of African or Asian descent, or for those who have a family history of glaucoma, it is recommended that you have a glaucoma test from age 40. If your family member has advanced glaucoma, it is recommended that you have a glaucoma test from age 35 as you have a significantly increased risk.
The only way to know if you have glaucoma is to visit an optometrist for a simple eye exam – it’s quick and easy and it just might save your eye sight.
Glaucoma Australia has developed this risk calculator to help you assess your potential risk of developing glaucoma based on age, gender, ethnicity, family history of glaucoma and other health issues such as diabetes and myopia. Calculate your risk of developing glaucoma, and find out what to do about it.
Source: Glaucoma Australia