Whether by going to the gym or starting a new diet, the most common resolution for the New Year is to improve your health. However, rather than getting in some more exercise or cutting carbs in 2019, why not make your vision a top priority by raising awareness about glaucoma and learning what you can do to prevent it?

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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). African Americans over 40, men and woman of all ethnicities over the age of 60, and those who have glaucoma in their family history are most at risk. Other risks factors include age, race, and 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 be affected. The most common form of glaucoma is open-angle glaucoma, and while there currently is no cure, the damaging effects can be greatly reduced if diagnosed and treated early. Vision loss may be prevented with early detection, which is why it is essential 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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