If a member of your family has a problem with there eyes, there is a high possibility that you too will experience the same thing. An eye test can detect a problem before it affects your eyesight. An early detection of an eye problem, can improve the likelihood of treatment.
Some eye problems are linked to families and can be passed through generations. Some of the eye problems can be Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) which affects the central vision. It usually worsens over time and if your family has a history of AMD, you are four times more likely to develop it.
Glaucoma is an eye disease that often develops slowly. It can lead to gradual vision loss starting with the loss of peripheral (side) vision. Families whom parents or siblings have glaucoma are eight times more likely to develop it as well.
Both AMD and Glaucoma usually doesn’t present any symptoms in the early stages. An early detection and treatment can help slow or stop these disease from worsening.
You can protect your eyes by having regular eye test by qualified eye health professionals such as an optometrist or ophthalmologist. Eye test can help detect any eye problems before sight is lost. Visit an eye heath professional without delay if you notice a change in vision. Have a chat with your family to find out more about your family health history and if you already have an eye problem, ask your eye heath professional if it can be genetic and if it is, talk to your family and encourage them to have their eyes checked.