Is there any way to prevent glaucoma?
Though it’s unclear whether glaucoma can be prevented, you might be able to reduce your risk for the disease by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol, eat a healthy diet, keep your weight down, exercise and take nutritional products.
Currently, regular eye exams are the best form of prevention against significant glaucoma damage. In general, a check for glaucoma should be done:
- Before age 40, every two to four years
- Age 40 to age 54, every one to three years
- Age 55 to 64, every one to two years
- After age 65, every six to 12 months
- Anyone with high risk factors should be tested every year or two after age 35. Those at higher risk include people of African descent, people with diabetes, and people with a family history of glaucoma. You are at increased risk if you have a parent or brother or sister with glaucoma.