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National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma’s one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness. It’s actually a group of diseases where pressure (usually) builds up and damages the eye’s optic nerve.

National Glaucoma Awareness Month, in January, reminds all of us to get regular eye exams and show support for those suffering. Types of this disease include open–angle glaucoma, which causes peripheral eyesight to slowly diminish, angle–closure glaucoma, where pressure on the iris interferes with fluid draining, and low–tension glaucoma, which actually occurs without elevated pressure on the eye. There’s currently no way to restore vision lost from glaucoma.

5 Glaucoma Guidelines To Remember

  1. More patients than ever

    Over 3 million people in the U.S. have glaucoma, and the number is rising.

  2. ​Glaucoma can affect people of all ages

    ​Although generally associated with seniors, glaucoma can strike anyone since each person has their own level of eye pressure tolerance.

  3. Demographics do play a role

    ​Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness among African Americans; it's also highly prevalent in Hispanics over the age 65.

  4. Is glaucoma hereditary?

    ​The risk of developing primary open–angle glaucoma is up to nine times more likely if parents or siblings have the disease.

  5. ​Hope for future glaucoma patients

    ​Although there is no cure for any form of glaucoma, early diagnosis and treatment help control the disease and slow the process of vision loss or blindness. 

    Go to https://www.glaucoma.org/ for more info and education on glaucoma.

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