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Ask the Expert : Placerville Optometrist Has An Answer to Glaucoma Question

05/26/2015 09:05AM ● By Style

 Q: My mother was recently diagnosed with glaucoma and says it’s hereditary. If possible, what can I do to prevent it? 

A: The most common type of glaucoma, known as primary open angle glaucoma (POAG), is in fact hereditary. If members of your immediate family have glaucoma you’re at a much higher risk than the rest of the population, as family history increases the risk four to nine times. At this time, there is no known prevention for glaucoma; however, annual comprehensive eye examinations with an optometrist or ophthalmologist will determine early on if you’re developing the disease. Early diagnosis is the best “prevention.”
Dr. Shawn McDonald, Optometrist
2802 Mallard Lane, Placerville

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