You need to know your risk factors for eye disease. They include age, family history of eye disease, and ethnic background. Glaucoma expert Dr. Ruth Williams says African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians are at significantly higher her risk of developing glaucoma. Macular degeneration, on the other hand, is the most common cause of severe vision loss in Caucasians.
To improve your chances of coping well with age-related eye diseases, the American Academy of Ophthamology recommends a comprehensive eye exam at the age of 40. Log onto www.geteyesmart.org for more information on eye care and eye diseases.