My grandad has glaucoma and my dad has to be tested every year for glaucoma. So what I want to know is if my dad got glaucoma, could me and my brothers get it?
Qualified optometrist Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom answers this question.
Glaucoma can be hereditary. It doesn't mean that you will necessarily get it, but that you are at a higher risk of developing glaucoma. About two percent of the population over the age of 40 have glaucoma so it is quite common. If you are over 40 you should have regular eye tests, and if you have a close relative with glaucoma, you should have a test every 12 months. If found early, glaucoma is controllable usually with eye drops and usually would not lead to any sight loss.