About 2% of Australians will develop glaucoma at some time in their life and there are usually no symptoms in the early stages. Most glaucoma is inherited (genetic) and as a result direct family, parents, siblings and children. have up to ten times higher risk than others of developing glaucoma. This works out to about a 1 in 4 chance of being affected in their lifetime. There are an estimated 300,000 Australians with glaucoma but half are unaware.
As early detection and treatment protects against glaucoma blindness we think you should tell your family you have glaucoma and alert them to their own risk. Encourage each of your direct family to undergo a full eye examination, including an optic nerve check. Having a two-yearly review is also recommended.