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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

 

View with advanced vision loss due to glaucoma

View with advanced vision loss due to glaucoma (Image from Wikinedia Commons)

There are 2.7 million people in the United States over age 40 living with glaucoma. This number is projected to go up to 4.2 million cases by 2030.

Glaucoma is a degenaritive disease of the optic nerve, and can lead to blindness if untreated. Awareness is key in detecting it early on, so that proper treatment can be performed to slow its progress.

People over 60, family members of people diagnosed with the disease, diabetics and people who are severly near sighted are at risk, but people of African, Asian and Hispanic descent are at particularly high risk.

An annual eye exam is the best way to monitor any vision changes potentially caused by this so-called “sneak thief of sight”, since it has no symptoms, and is irreversible. The fact that glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness makes this even more of an imperative.