Glaucoma NZ's key message for all New Zealanders is that early detection of glaucoma is vital when it comes to preventing blindness.

That means an eye examination for glaucoma every five years form the age of 45 and every three years from the age of 60. However, at any age, if you notice changes in your eyesight, then you should have your eyes exmined at that time. For example, if you require hobby glasses, it is a good idea to have your eyes checked by an eye health professional, just in case there is an underlying problem. In addition if you have risk factors for glaucoma, such as family history, then you may need your eyes checked more frequently. 

It is really important for people to know if glaucoma runs in their family, because if it does, your risk increases substantially. You are also at higher risk of getting glaucoma if you are 60 years and over, are short sighted, have a past or present use of steriod drugs, or previous eye injury. 

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