Published: November 21, 2022 3:34 PM IST
By India.com Lifestyle Staff | Edited by Tanya Garg
Glaucoma in 40s: People start recognizing small changes in their health along with a heightened awareness of the natural ageing process in their 40s. One of the first senses to start to decline with ageing is vision. While comprehensive physicals are frequently promoted to people in their 40s, eye screenings do not receive the same promotion. Therefore, regardless of age or health, it is imperative to choose routine eye exams to determine the risk of vision issues like glaucoma. Dr Medha Prabhudesai, Consultant – Glaucoma, Prabhudesai Eye Clinic shares symptoms and measures to treat glaucoma.
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In patients with glaucoma, peripheral vision deteriorates slowly and irreversibly. Since the initial stages are asymptomatic, the disease often remains undiagnosed till later stages when permanent vision loss has already occurred. Its prevalence increases with age and is more common in those with a family history or those who suffer from diabetes/hypertension. Eyesight can also be affected by routine activities like stress, harsh sunlight, or digital strain can lead to vision distortion and blurriness.
Moreover, risk factors such as family history and lifestyle diseases can predispose individuals to serious vision disorders., Some of these conditions include glaucoma, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, refractive errors, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Since most vision problems tend to be asymptomatic in the early stages, leaving them unchecked may result in permanent vision loss. Comprehensive eye screenings in patients at enhanced risk can help reduce the disease burden.
Awareness, regular screening, and caring for the eyes, therefore, are the keys to optimal eye health. Keeping risk factors under check is also crucial. Those entering their 40s must undergo regular comprehensive eye exams to ensure timely diagnosis.
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Published Date: November 21, 2022 3:34 PM IST
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