9 Risk Factors for Glaucoma

April 20th, 2021

Let’s talk about open-angle glaucoma, the kind that develops slowly over time, unnoticed, and gradually affects your vision. It’s a leading cause of blindness, but it’s also very treatable, especially when caught early. Our ICON Eyecare team in Grand Junction are experts at glaucoma prevention and treatment, and we’d like to help you preserve your vision.

Glaucoma Specialists on the Western Slope

You don’t have to travel far for expert eye care. Our glaucoma specialists in Grand Junction are on the cutting edge of research and advances in treatment as well as providing supportive, relaxing patient care. If you’re concerned about glaucoma risk factors, we’d like to see you. Teaming up with the leading ophthalmology practitioners at ICON Eyecare in Grand Junction will get you the right glaucoma care.

Leading in Glaucoma Research and Treatment

ICON Eyecare is more than the only glaucoma center between Denver and Salt Lake City. We’re also an active research and training facility, where doctors who treat our patients are also sought-after teachers for young and talented eye surgeons. Our team offers quality cataract and LASIK eye surgery in Grand Junction as well. If you appreciate an academic medicine environment, you’ll be glad you found ICON Eye Care’s Center of Excellence on the western slope of the Rockies.

Detecting Glaucoma Early

Eye pressure, called IOP, is an important annual screening tool to help catch glaucoma early, but it’s not the only one. Our doctors use several additional techniques, including a quick look at your optic nerves and other glaucoma tests. We focus on making the exam experience one you’ll invest your time in every year. We even have alternatives to the eye pressure “puff test” that some patients avoid.

Providing Excellent Patient Care

We welcome you to our Center of Excellence where you’ll meet with leading eye doctors. It will definitely be worthwhile to let us check your eyes, especially if you have any of these glaucoma risk factors:

  • An eye doctor has noted elevated eye pressure (IOP) before.
  • Age 60 or greater.
  • A genetic history that includes Black, Asian, or Hispanic ancestors.
  • Family members with glaucoma.
  • Diagnoses of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and sickle cell anemia.
  • Corneas that are thin in the center.
  • Extreme farsightedness or nearsightedness.
  • Eye injuries or certain types of eye surgery.
  • Medications with corticosteroids, including eye drops, especially used for a long time.

There are excellent glaucoma treatment options. Often patients simply use daily eye drops. Sometimes brief surgery is used to reduce eye pressure. Taking good care of your overall health also helps. Our Grand Junction Center of Excellence is your access to top eye care in a friendly, professional setting. Call us today.

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Give us a phone call at (970) 256-0400 Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm to schedule a consultation.

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