If you have a family history of glaucoma, what should you do?

A good baseline examination including eye pressures, visual fields, gonioscopy, corneal thickness measurement, disc assessment and imaging is recommended. This serves as a very useful baseline to monitor for any future changes. Disc photos are particularly helpful and it is useful to keep these electronically in your own records as well.

Monitoring can be done at the opticians as well. If you are over 40 years old with a first-degree relative with glaucoma then glaucoma screening is free at the opticians. This may not include disc imaging but many opticians are able to do this at an extra charge.

Some people can get glaucoma before 40 years as well; these include those with developmental glaucoma, congenital glaucoma and secondary glaucoma.

Afro Caribbean’s particularly are at an increased risk of getting glaucoma even before 40 years of age especially if there is a family history. Similarly in a condition called pigment dispersion glaucoma can occur at a relatively younger age.

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