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Title: Glaucoma Risk Factors in Seniors


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Glaucoma Risk Factors in Seniors
  • By
  • Home Care Assistance Fort Myers

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  • Glaucoma refers to several eye disorders that can
    cause permanent vision loss when left untreated.
    The risk of getting these disorders increases
    with age, which makes it important for seniors to
    have routine eye exams. Seniors and caregivers
    should also be aware of the following risk
    factors associated with glaucoma.

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Age
Underlying Medical Conditions
  • Glaucoma occurs when nerve tissue in the eye
    deteriorates. This most often happens with the
    aging process, as nerve tissue begins to break
    down. Seniors who are 60 years old and up have
    the highest risk of developing glaucoma, and
    their risk goes up every year.

Certain medical conditions can raise the risk of
glaucoma, including heart disease, diabetes and
high blood pressure. Seniors who have one or more
of these underlying conditions should make sure
it is managed effectively under their doctors
care in order to lower their risk of glaucoma as
much as possible.
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Family History
Race
  • Seniors who have had family members with glaucoma
    face a higher risk of developing this disease.
    Senior caregivers should make sure that doctors
    are aware of the family history of glaucoma to
    ensure that seniors are tested for it as often as
    needed.
  • Racial factors can play a role in the risk of
    glaucoma. African-American seniors have an
    increased risk of glaucoma compared to those of
    other races. This risk begins to rise in
    African-Americans after they turn 40 years old.
    Seniors of Latin American descent have the
    highest risk of glaucoma among those who are very
    old, while seniors of Asian American decent are
    more at risk of developing a type of glaucoma
    known as angle-closure glaucoma.

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Trauma
Eye Conditions
  • Trauma to the eye resulting from injuries, such
    as being hit with an object or being poked in the
    eye, can increase the risk of glaucoma. This
    occurs due to a rise in eye pressure, which
    raises the risk of damage to eye structures.
    Seniors who have any eye injuries should receive
    treatment as soon as possible and see their eye
    doctor to have their eyes checked for glaucoma as
    often as necessary.

Certain types of eye conditions, such as a
thickened cornea, can lead to a higher risk of
developing glaucoma. Other conditions that affect
the eye, such as being nearsighted or having a
detached retina, might also raise the risk of
glaucoma. Seniors with eye conditions should be
checked for early signs of glaucoma as often as
their doctor recommends.
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Medication
  • Corticosteroids, which are sometimes used to
    treat certain health conditions, might result in
    a higher risk of glaucoma. While using
    corticosteroids on a short-term basis does not
    increase this risk, using this medication for a
    long period of time can lead to a higher risk of
    secondary glaucoma.
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Contact us
  • If you or an elderly loved one needs high quality
    home care or meaningful companionship, we at Home
    Care Assistance of Fort Myers are here to help.
    Call (239) 449-4701 to speak with a Care Manager
    now.
  • Web http//www.homecareassistancefortmyers.com/
  • Email support_at_homecareassistancefortmyers.com
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