Left untreated, glaucoma causes irreversible vision loss. Early detection saves sight. Early assessment by an optometrist, particularly if you have a family history of glaucoma, is critical in detecting glaucoma and commencing treatment in a timely manner.
Glaucoma Australia recommends all Australians aged 50 or older visit an optometrist every 2 years for a comprehensive eye exam, and if you have a family history of glaucoma or are of Asian or African descent, we recommend you get your eyes checked every 2 years from the age of 40.
If a member of your family has glaucoma, we recommend that you get regular eye health checks starting 5-10 years earlier than the age your affected relative developed glaucoma.
Is glaucoma hereditary?
In many cases, glaucoma is an inherited (genetic) disease that is passed on within families - you are 10 time more likely to have glaucoma if you have a direct family member with the disease.
Parents, siblings and children of those with glaucoma are at greater risk – with an almost 1 in 4 chance of developing glaucoma in their own lifetime, and that risk doubles if the relative has advanced glaucoma.