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If you have answered â€˜yesâ€™ or â€˜unsureâ€™ to one or more of these questions you may be at a higher risk of developing glaucoma.
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, you should start getting your eyes checked 5 years earlier than the age your relative was diagnosed at.
The only way to know if you have glaucoma is to visit an optometrist for a simple eye exam â€“ itâ€™s quick and easy and it just might save your eyesight.
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1Source: National Health and Medical Research Council. NHMRC Guidelines for the screening, prognosis, diagnosis, management and prevention of Glaucoma 2010:50-55.
2Source: Prevalence of open-angle glaucoma in Australia. The Blue Mountains Eye Study.
3Source: How glaucoma the â€˜silent thiefâ€™ steals the sight of thousands of Australians every year. (2017).