January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Whether it’s going to the gym or starting a new trend diet, the most common resolution for the new year is to improve one’s health. Rather than just trying to get in some more exercise and cutting out carbs in 2016, why not make your vision a top priority by raising awareness on glaucoma and learning what you can do to prevent it?

 

What is Glaucoma? Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the optic nerve that left untreated can lead to loss of vision and blindness.

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness (cataracts being the first leading cause). African Americans over 40, men and woman of all races over the age of 60, and those who have glaucoma in their family history are at the most risk. Other risks also include age, race, and a persons’ overall medical health.

Currently, over 2.7 million Americans over the age of 40 are affected by glaucoma. It is estimated that by 2030, over 4.2 million people in America will have glaucoma. The most common form is open-angle glaucoma, and while there currently is no cure, the damaging effects can be reduced greatly if diagnosed and treated early. Vision loss may be decerased from early detection, which is why it is imperative for adults to get a complete, dated eye exam from an eye care professional for the best chance of saving their sight.

For additional information, visit preventblindness.org or glaucoma.org or call (800) 331-2020, for free information on risk factors, symptoms and treatment options.

 

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