Happy New Year from Eye Centers of Florida!
January is glaucoma awareness month. We think it’s worthwhile to take just a few minutes to learn about glaucoma. Knowing more might help you prevent irreversible eye damage.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is an eye disorder marked by increased pressure within the eye. It’s one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States, with two out of every 100 people over age 35 at risk from glaucoma. Glaucoma damages the optic nerve. Unfortunately, there are no discernible symptoms in the early stages of the disease, and glaucoma-induced damage to your eye is irreversible.
In the United States, approximately 120,000 are blind from glaucoma, accounting for 9% to 12% of all cases of blindness. Here are some ways you can help raise awareness:
- Know the signs and symptoms of glaucoma and discuss them with your family members
- Learn the risk factors of glaucoma and make sure to get regular eye exams if you have a greater risk
- Talk to family and friends about the simple diagnostic tests, which, if performed regularly, can detect the disease in its early stages
Because this disease rarely has any symptoms, early detection is essential to preserve your vision. Damage caused by undetected glaucoma is irreversible. 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.
If you’re over 40 you should have your eyes professionally checked every year. You can request an appointment online.