GLAUCOMA AWARENESS MONTH
Post Date: January 12, 2016
Glaucoma Awareness Month, January 2016, is all about raising awareness of Glaucoma–a group of eye diseases that effects millions of Americans.
Here are 5 Facts you may or may not know about Glaucoma:
#1: Glaucoma is a major cause of vision loss in the U.S.
While it currently affects about 3 million Americans, estimates show 6.3 million could have glaucoma by 2050.
#2: Glaucoma is not just one thing.
Glaucoma is infact a group of eye diseases that damages the optic nerve, the bundle of nerve cells that relays visual information from the eye to the brain. The most common form of glaucoma, called primary open angle glaucoma, nerve damage results from increased pressure inside the eye. Increased eye pressure occurs when the fluid that circulates in the eye drains too slowly.
#3: Glaucoma often shows no warning
Glaucoma often has no early warning signs, and if left untreated, it can lead to vision loss and blindness. African Americans age 40 and older; everyone age 60 and older, especially Hispanics/Latinos; and people with a family history of the disease are all at higher risk.
#4: Glaucoma does not cause pain
Glaucoma is usually painless, initially affects peripheral vision and progress slowly. Without adequate treatment, glaucoma eventually affects central vision and progresses to complete blindness.
#5: Treatment options are avaliable