Glaucoma: you might have it and not know it!

January 11th, 2017 No Comments

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Your vision is too important to ignore routine eye exams. Glaucoma is an eye disease that doesn’t give you a warning. There’s no pain, blurry vision, or discomfort. Yet almost 3 million people have glaucoma and don’t even realize they have it!

It starts with fluid buildup that increases pressure in your eyes. This will cause damage to your optic nerves. It first affects your peripheral (side) vision and moves onto permanent blindness.

The only way to detect glaucoma is to have a dilated eye exam. You should have a dilated eye exam every one to two years is important, especially if you’re at higher risk. If you are diagnosed early, the disease can be controlled through medication or surgery.

Who is at a greater risk?

  • African-Americans over the age of 40
  • Anyone over the age of 60, especially Hispanic/Latino
  • Those who have a family history of glaucoma

Make a resolution this year to get an eye exam! Visit www.nei.nih.gov/glaucoma to find an eye care professional.

Watch this video from the National Eye Institute to learn more about glaucoma.


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