January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, an incredibly important time to recognize – and spread the word about – this sight-stealing disease.
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness and vision loss in the United States. Unfortunately, many people are not aware that the early stages of glaucoma often have no symptoms. The American Optometric Association explains, “Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of blindness in the U.S. It most often occurs in people over age 40, although an infant (congenital) form of glaucoma exists.” The biggest issue with this form of glaucoma is that damage which occurs is irreversible.
Roughly one percent of all Americans have primary open-angle glaucoma, the most common form. This type presents no symptoms and occurs mainly in the over 50 age group, according to The Glaucoma Foundation. People with Glaucoma may lose nerve tissue, which results in vision loss.
In addition to these facts, 4.2 million people in the United States will have glaucoma by 2030, according to The National Eye Institute.
- Get a comprehensive eye dilated eye exam every 1-2 years
- Early detection and treatment can help save your sight
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