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Many people think of glaucoma as a single progressive disease that primarily impacts older adults. What many people don’t know is that there are many forms of glaucoma and every age poses risks. Some forms of glaucoma slowly progress with virtually no symptoms or visible damage and others appear suddenly and require immediate medical intervention to avoid blindness.
Since January is National Glaucoma Month, the doctors at OptimEYES want our patients in in Ashburn, VA to have the knowledge and resources to keep their eyes healthy and their vision as clear as possible throughout their lifetime.
The risks associated with developing different types of glaucoma vary, depending on whether the condition is acute or progressive.
About 90% of all glaucoma cases are diagnosed as Open-Angle Glaucoma. This condition is characterized by a silent, symptomless progression that often results in as much as 40% vision loss before patients are aware they have problems. Risk factors may include family history of the disease, gender and ancestry.
One study revealed that people with long-term residency in the southern region of the United States were 75% less likely to develop Secondary Open-Angle Glaucoma than northern United States residents. Temperature and sun exposure appear to be factors in developing the condition.
This less common form of glaucoma is caused by blocked drainage canals. Blockages trigger a sudden increase in intraocular pressure (IOP)and noticeable symptoms. Angle-closure cases are most associated with an injury or infection.
There are other forms of the disease, like Congenital Glaucoma seen in newborn babies. This condition is seen when in-utero development is stunted or incomplete. When treated properly, babies can look forward to a future that doesn't include blindness.
Although researchers have not found a definitive program to prevent all glaucoma cases, regular eye exams, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and know your family history can help you protect your vision. You can help spread the word about glaucoma in the in Ashburn, VA community by telling your friends and family about the disease and encouraging everyone you know to get regular examinations and pressure checks.
Moderate aerobic exercise that elevates the pulse rate by 20%-25% effectively reduces IOP, you don’t have to engage in high-impact, vigorous exercise to see positive results. We recommend our patients include moderate exercise at least three times a week to promote overall health and wellness.
While walking and jogging reduce intraocular pressure, weight lifting increase pressures. Exercise techniques also matter. Improper breathing patterns or holding your breath during exertion can cause significant, temporary increases that may damage your eyes.
If you're planning to stay a new diet or exercise regime, speak to your eye doctor in in Ashburn, VA about healthy exercise plans and designing a nutritional eating plan to support healthy eyes and overall health.
Does your exercise routine make you stronger or put you at risk for developing glaucoma?