Glaucoma Awareness Month
Glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness.
January is “Glaucoma Awareness” month. Please help us spread the word and possibly save someone’s vision.
We encourage everyone, especially those at higher risk for this disease, to familiarize themselves with the potential symptoms and need for regular eye examinations. A regular eye examination is especially critical since a person with early-stage Glaucoma may not notice any symptoms at all.
What is Glaucoma:
Glaucoma is a serious eye disease and the second leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the world.
What are some signs (depending on the type or stage of your condition, the signs of glaucoma may vary):
- Patchy blind spots in your side (peripheral) or central vision, frequently in both eyes
- Tunnel vision in the advanced stages
- Severe headache
- Halos around lights
- Eye pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Eye redness
Glaucoma affects people of all ages and all races. But, you may have a higher than normal risk of getting glaucoma if you are:
- Over age 40
- Family history of glaucoma
- African or Hispanic heritage
- Have high eye pressure
- Have had an eye injury
- Are farsighted or nearsighted
- Have thinning of the optic nerve
- Have corneas that are thin in the center
- Have diabetes
- Poor blood circulation or other health problems
Although, there is no cure for Glaucoma-early detection and treatment can slow or prevent further vision loss. Make sure your vision is a your priority and schedule your exam today. Our professional and caring doctors are dedicated to delivering the best eye care available while providing highly personalized service.