Primary Open Angle Glaucoma

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Primary open angle glaucoma is the most common type of glaucoma. Accounting for nearly 90% of all glaucoma cases, primary open angle glaucoma is sometimes called the “silent thief of sight,” as it produces no symptoms until vision begins to diminish. This is one of the many reasons that men and women over the age of 60 should see their optometrist with greater regularity – at least once a year or more frequently depending on circumstances.

If you have been diagnosed with primary open angle glaucoma, our San Diego retina specialists can help. Please contact us online or by calling (619) 425-7755 or (760) 352-7755 to schedule your glaucoma treatment consultation right away.

Risk Factors for Primary Open Angle Glaucoma

One of the largest risk factors for glaucoma is age. If you are over the age of 60, you are at an increased risks of developing this and many other vision stealing disorders. Make sure you visit your eye doctor with greater regularity to detect these issues early on and help protect your vision as you age.

Additional risk factors for primary open angle glaucoma include:

  • Family history of the disease
  • Ethnic background
  • Preexisting medical conditions
  • Certain drugs and medications
  • Other eye diseases and disorders
  • A history of eye injury
  • Tobacco use

While these factors can increase the likelihood of developing glaucoma, it is a good idea for men and women over the age of 40 to begin seeing their eye doctor with more regularity. Particularly for those of African, Asian, or South American descent, glaucoma may develop early on, making yearly eye exams a necessary part of preventive medical care.

Treatment for primary open angle glaucoma cannot undo damage that has already occurred to the optic nerve. It can, however, prevent further damage and reduce risks for a complete loss of vision. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of primary open angle glaucoma, please call our San Diego eye doctors at (619) 425-7755 or (760) 352-7755 to schedule an examination and learn more about your treatment options.

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835 Third Avenue, Suite A
Chula Vista, CA 91911

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El Centro, CA 92243

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La Mesa, CA 91942