Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness. The illness is actually a group of diseases where the pressure (usually) builds up and damages the eye’s optic nerve.
January is observed as National Glaucoma Awareness Month, the significance is to remind all of us to get regular eye exams and show support for those suffering from the disease.
Glaucoma is also known as “the sneak thief of sight” because there are no symptoms associated. Once vision is lost, it’s permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing.
Studies reveal that over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts estimate that half of them don’t know they have it. Persons can play their part by spreading awareness about the illness. The World Health Organization estimates that 4.5 million people worldwide are blind due to glaucoma.
There is no cure for glaucoma and the illness can affect people of all ages. It is important to note that medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. The appropriate treatment depends upon the type of glaucoma among other factors. Early detection is vital to stopping the progress of the disease.
Regular eye exams are important as glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world.
You are at risk:
- If you are over 60
- If you have family members already diagnosed
- If you are diabetics
- If you are severely nearsighted.
Regular eye exams are especially important for those at higher risk for glaucoma and may help to prevent unnecessary vision loss.
In the most common form, there are virtually no symptoms. Vision loss begins with a peripheral or side vision, so if you have glaucoma, you may not notice anything until significant vision is lost.
The best way to protect your sight from glaucoma is to get a comprehensive eye examination. Then, if you have glaucoma, treatment can begin immediately. Protect yourself and those you love!
Talk to your doctor about Glaucoma, your health…Is your responsibility!