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How often is a test recommended if uncle has glaucoma?

Question

My husband received an eye test in June 2010 after learning from his uncle that he suffers from Glaucoma and his uncle has to have an eye test every year (12 months) due to this condition. When would you recommend my husband (he is nearly 51 years old) should have his eye tests every 2 years (24 months) as standard or yearly (12 months)?

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Qualified optometrist Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom answers this question.

It is recommended that if you have a close relative with glaucoma (mother, father, sister or brother) and you are over 40, then you should have an eye test every 12 months. Otherwise every two years should be fine. Sometimes the optometrist will recommend a test more often depending on the clinical findings.

Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 30 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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