Who is at risk for glaucoma?

  • Age over 55
  • Elevated eye pressure
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • African or Hispanic ancestry
  • Farsightedness or nearsightedness
  • Past eye injuries
  • Thin corneas
  • Diabetes
  • Optic nerve thinning

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the U.S.  if undetected, damage to the eye's optic nerve can cause blind spots to develop.  These blind spots often go undetected by patients until the optic nerve is significantly damaged.  But the loss of sight from glaucoma can often be prevented with early treatment.

Complete eye examinations at the Foley Eye Clinic are the best way to detect glaucoma.  If glaucoma is detected or suspected, the Foley Eye Clinic is equipped with the most advanced, state-of-the-art testing equipment.  Dr. Foley will review these tests with you and determine the appropriate treatment of your eyes.  This may include simple laser procedures or eye drop medications.  Regular follow-up examinations are mandatory to prevent damage to your eyes and vision.  Early detection and treatment are the keys to preventing blindness from glaucoma.