Protect Your Vision from the Thief of Sight During Glaucoma Awareness Month

Protect Your Vision from the Thief of Sight During Glaucoma Awareness Month

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Did you know that Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of vision loss in the United States? It affects more than 3 million Americans and is expected to double by 2050. Worldwide glaucoma effects more than 80 million people. January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month and a good time to take control of your eye health by scheduling your annual eye exam.

Comprehensive eye exams are the key to detecting this eye disease early and to help minimize its progression. Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damages the optic nerve, causing vision loss. The optic nerve is located at the back of the eye and transmits the images we see to the brain for interpretation. Glaucoma is also frequently referred to as the “sneak thief of sight” since the damage to vision resulting from open-angle glaucoma is more gradual, compromising clear healthy vision over time. Open-angle glaucoma is the more common type of glaucoma, accounting for nearly 90% of glaucoma cases in the US.

While open-angled glaucoma is the most common, closed-angle glaucoma is a second type that develops quickly and intensely. Closed-angle glaucoma may onset without warning and may present pain and other discomforting symptoms. Contact your eye care professional if you have experienced any sudden changes in your vision.

Though anyone can develop glaucoma, there are some facts that can help you to determine if you are at an increased risk:

· Everyone over the age of 60

· African-Americans over the age of 40

· Family history of glaucoma

· Diabetes

· Extreme near-sightedness (myopia)

· Far-sightedness (hyperopia)

· History of eye injuries

· History of elevated intraocular pressure

If you or someone you know has already lost vision due to glaucoma, there are many low vision aids that can assist you in continuing your daily routines. Connect with us to learn more