Who is at Risk for Glaucoma?

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Glaucoma can affect anyone, regardless of his/her race, gender or family history. Because of this, everyone should be concerned with the potential damage Glaucoma could cause to their vision and life.

Regular eye examinations by a qualified eye provider, like the doctors at EyeHealth Northwest, are the only way to detect glaucoma in its early stages. Early detection could save your vision.

The following factors increase your risk of glaucoma:

  • Increased eye pressure
  • Family history of glaucoma (especially parents or siblings)
  • African-American, Hispanic or Asian Descent
  • Older than 45 years of age
  • Severe Nearsightedness
  • History of eye injury causing bleeding inside the eye
  • Systemic health problems, including diabetes, migraine headaches, and poor circulation.
  • Chronic use of medications containing steroids – especially eye drops/ointments, nasal sprays, inhalers or pills taken by mouth (examples include cortisone, prednisone).

African-Americans

African Americans are much more likely to go blind from glaucoma than Caucasians of the same age. The Glaucoma Research Foundation recommends that African-Americans should have a thorough eye exam every 1-2 years starting at age 35.

Asian Descent

Angle closure glaucoma is much more common in those of Asian descent, as well as persons of Eskimo and Inuit descent. Early and regular eye examinations are recommended and must include Gonioscopy (a technique to determine if the anterior chamber angle is open or closed).

Hispanic Descent

Recent research in large Hispanic populations has shown an increased risk of glaucoma similar to that already demonstrated for African-Americans. More information is needed in this area, but persons of Hispanic descent should have eye exams earlier and more frequently.

How often should I be checked for glaucoma?

Regular eye exams are the only way to find glaucoma before it causes severe vision loss. The physicians and surgeons at EyeHealth Northwest recommend the following guidelines, but you should be seen more frequently if you have any of the risk factors discussed above (at least once a year).

  • Age 40 and under: Once every three years
  • Age 40 – 65: Once every two years
  • Age 65 and over: Annually
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Troutdale, OR 97060
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Milwaukie, OR 97222
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Portland, OR 97217
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Portland, OR 97213
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1955 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97209
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Oregon City
1306 Division St
Oregon City, OR 97045
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Southeast Portland
10819 SE Stark St,
Portland, OR 97216
(503) 255-2291 see more
Sunnyside
12050 SE Stevens Rd, Suite 100
Happy Valley, OR 97086
(503) 783-3300 see more
Tigard
15298 SW Royalty Parkway
Tigard OR 97224
(503) 227-2020 see more
Wilsonville
29250 SW Town Center Loop W
Wilsonville, OR 97070
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Westside Surgery Center
13240 SW Pacific Hwy
Portland, OR 97223
(503) 639-6571 see more
EyeHealth Eastside Surgery and Laser Center
12050 SE Stevens Rd.
Happy Valley, OR 97086
(971) 206-6100 see more

Our Locations

Barnes Road
9555 SW Barnes Rd.
#201 (2nd floor)
Portland, OR 97225
(503) 227-2020 see more
Gresham
24601 SE Stark St.
Suite 245
Troutdale, OR 97060
(503) 255-2291 see more
Hillsboro
6111 NE Cornell Rd
Hillsboro, OR 97124
(503) 846-9400 see more
Milwaukie
11086 SE Oak St
Milwaukie, OR 97222
(503) 656-4221 see more
North Portland
3246 N. Lombard
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 285-1671 see more
Northeast Portland
5050 NE Hoyt St., #245
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 255-2291 see more
Northwest Portland
1955 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 227-2020 see more
Oregon City
1306 Division St
Oregon City, OR 97045
(503) 656-4221 see more
Southeast Portland
10819 SE Stark St,
Portland, OR 97216
(503) 255-2291 see more
Sunnyside
12050 SE Stevens Rd, Suite 100
Happy Valley, OR 97086
(503) 783-3300 see more
Tigard
15298 SW Royalty Parkway
Tigard OR 97224
(503) 227-2020 see more
Wilsonville
29250 SW Town Center Loop W
Wilsonville, OR 97070
(503) 582-0000 see more
Surgery Centers

Westside Surgery Center

13240 SW Pacific Hwy
Portland, OR 97223
(503) 639-6571 see more

EyeHealth Eastside Surgery and Laser Center

12050 SE Stevens Rd.
Happy Valley, OR 97086
(971) 206-6100 see more