January is glaucoma awareness month across North America. Glaucoma is a painless eye condition that usually develops slowly over time and is often related to elevated eye pressure.
Did you know?
- Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness and accounts for approximately 10% of all cases of vision loss.
- There is presently no cure for glaucoma, but there are numerous treatment options available to help slow the progression. These include medicated eye drops and various surgical procedures.
- Everyone is at risk of developing glaucoma, including children. However, patients with a family history of glaucoma or patients of African American decent are at a higher risk.
- African Americans are 5 times more likely to develop glaucoma and 15 times more likely to loose their vision. Glaucoma is currently the leading cause of vision loss amongst African Americans.
Have you had your eye pressures checked lately? If not, call our office and book an eye health examination with one of our optometrists. .
To learn more about glaucoma, please visit the glaucoma research foundation at www.glaucoma.org